Florida football recruiting: LJ McCray delays signing his NLI to the Gators

Florida is going to have to wait a little longer to lock down one of their most prized commitments
Mainland   s LJ Mccray (11) sacks Satellites Ethan Rafaele (9) quarterback during the playoff game
Mainland s LJ Mccray (11) sacks Satellites Ethan Rafaele (9) quarterback during the playoff game / NADIA ZOMORODIAN/NEWS-JOURNAL / USA

Florida football recruiting has had one of the top 2024 recruiting classes throughout the cycle, and signed lots of their committed players today during the Early Signing Period.

However, Billy Napier and the Gators coaches are a little antsy about one of their top commits who was originally thought to be signing this morning, but is now delaying sending in his NLI.

LJ McCray, who is one of the top overall players in the country and a top-five DL in the class, did not sign with the Gators today despite being scheduled to earlier.

How worried should Florida fans be about McCray pushing back his decision?

Florida football recruiting: Not everything is a bad sign

Is LJ not signing with the Gators ideal? No, not at all. It was thought that he was locked in with the Gators despite a late push from other schools like FSU.

But does it mean that he's gone? No, not at all.

McCray has been committed to the Gators since October of this year, and has been vocal in recruiting other players to follow him to Gainesville.

This past week, everyone saw FSU make a push for McCray, which included an in-home visit. But it seemed like Napier and the Gators coaches were able to extinguish any threat.

LJ delaying his signing means that Florida State did make a compelling case and he wants to take a little more time before making his decision.

But there's no reason to throw in the towel if you're a Gator fan. McCray picked the Gators over FSU when he first made his commitment for a reason. If it's NIL that's persuading him, I wouldn't worry about the Gators matching or exceeding what the Noles give him in order to keep him in the class.

We'll see how his recruitment plays out, but I still like the Gators' chances.