Florida Football Recruiting: QB room is in great shape for the foreseeable future

The Gators gained the commitment of four-star QB Will Griffin out of Tampa on Saturday
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It is well documented that the quarterback position was a point of consternation for Florida Football during the 2010s. Whether it was top rated prospects or guys who were a flash in the pan, the Gators weren't able to get someone under center who played at a top level with any consistency.

But with Graham Mertz returning for 2024, DJ Lagway set to take the reigns in 2025, and the commitment of Will Griffin for 2026, Florida has a bright future on paper when it comes to having a top level signal caller.

Florida Football: Will I Am

We profiled Griffin on Friday when it was projected he was going to commit to Florida. The four-star QB out of Jesuit High School in Tampa is a consensus top-150 prospect who has to potential to shoot up the rankings as time goes on.

Griffin committed to Florida on Saturday during an unofficial visit to Gainesville.

Griffin is a class of 2026 prospect, so it will still be some time before he formally arrives in Gainesville. If all goes according to plan, though, he can be a part of what Billy Napier and the crew hope is a replenished well of QB talent that escaped Florida for a decade.

Mertz came in last season as a transfer and played well. Returning for 2024 with his protege Lagway waiting in the wings, along with veteran Clay Millen holding down the third-string spot, the Gators have the 7th best QB room in the country, according to Pro Football Focus.

When Mertz leaves after this season, and Lagway presumably takes the reigns in 2025, Napier hopes that he doesn't have to depend upon the transfer portal to find his starting QB for the foreseeable future. In a perfect world, Lagway wins the Heisman in 2025 and 2026, heads off to the NFL, and then Griffin does the same in 2027 and 2028.

Rinse and repeat.

Because one thing Napier has proven he is solid at is overall talent evaluation. And if Griffin winds up being what we think he could be, stability in The Swamp might finally return.