As Billy Napier tries to lock in the 2024 recruiting class for Florida football, the bulk of the players committed have been Tweeting out a team-made graphic that affirms they will be signing with the Gators on Early Signing Day. DJ Lagway, Myles Graham, and Fletcher Westphal, among others, have made the post to social media.
A couple notable players have not affirmed they will be signing however. But among the group that didn't post right away the Gators got some great news as their defensive centerpiece of the 2024 class Tweeted out his plan to sign next week.
Florida Football: LJ Did The Thing
LJ McCray is considered a top ten prospect nationally by 247 Sports. The defensive end out of Daytona Beach just wrapped up winning a state title with Mainland High.
McCray committed to Florida football during the bye week for Gators, and one would assume that by waiting that long to commit that Florida wouldn't have had anything to worry about in terms of McCray flipping. But Florida went 0-5 down the stretch and it opened the door for other schools to keep pushing.
McCray took visits to FSU and Auburn after his high school season ended and FSU head coach Mike Norvell made an in home visit to McCray this week.
In the world of recruiting, once that door is open one never knows what conversations are to be had as those doors close. And given Florida has already seen some key pieces from their 2024 class flip, the concern was Gators fans was justifiable.
But 24 hours later, McCray joined the bulk of his future teammates and affirmed he plans to sign with Florida next week.
Assuming this commitment holds, it would be a big win for Napier, especially considering Florida doesn't have a defensive line coach publicly announced.
If one is keeping score at home, Xavier Filsaime, Adarius Hayes, and Amaris Williams, all top 100 prospects, have yet to affirm they will be signing with Florida by Tweeting out the graphic. Texas is making a big push for Filsaime, who met with new defensive backs coach Will Harris this week, Miami is trying to flip Hayes, and Auburn looks like they may flip Williams.