Jameer Grimsley helps Florida football claw back it's 2024 recruiting class

After droping out of the top ten, the Gators are clawing their way back up for the class of 2024.
Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier gives fist bumps to fans during Gator Walk at Ben Hill
Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier gives fist bumps to fans during Gator Walk at Ben Hill / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY

Ignoring the drama around whether or not Florida football violated NIL rules surrounding the Jaden Rashada saga, it was a solid weekend for the Gators on the recruiting trail.

And after being able to officially flip D'antre Robinson away from Texas, the Gators were able to pick up another key target they originally had their eyes on.

Florida Football: Not So Grim Outlook

When the Gators dropped from 3rd in the nation for their 2024 recruiting class all the way down to 16th, alarm bells went off here at Hail Florida Hail. Part of our willingness to give Billy Napier time was the fact he had a boatload of defensive talent that was supposed to arrive on campus.

And while there is still a long way to go in building up the talent pipeline, Napier is at least showing he won't go down without a fight.

Jameer Grimsley is a consensus four-star defensive back out of Tampa Catholic. Listed at 6'3" and 185 pounds, Grimsley uses his length to his advantage. But he's not a "soft" corner as Tampa Catholic did have him play some safety and Grimsley showcased no problem coming down hill to meet opposing ball carriers at the point of attack.

His personal best of 21.89 seconds in the 200 meter dash won him a regional title in 2023 and went on to finish 11th at the 2A state track and field championships as a junior.

Florida originally lost out to Grimsley to Alabama, but with Nick Saban retiring the defensive back opted to find a new home.

Florida's ranking right now is a bit of semantics from the major industries. Because Alabama didn't actually releases Grimsley from his LOI he was forced to take a transfer. And so when looking at team rankings for the class of 2024, Grimsley counts as a transfer and not a signed prospect. If Grimsley counted as a prospect, Florida would be back into the top ten and would leap FSU in the recruiting rankings.