National signing day: Updates on Gators, FSU and Miami

Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen is having a solid morning so far. [ Matt Baker | TIMES ]
Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen is having a solid morning so far. [ Matt Baker | TIMES ]
Published February 7 2018
Updated February 7 2018

UPDATE, 2:45: The Gators got their biggest coup of the day when four-star receiver Jacob Copeland committed to Florida – apparently to the disappointment of his mother, who was wearing Alabama and Tennessee gear.

Copeland hails from Pensacola's Escambia High, the alma mater of UF and NFL legend Emmitt Smith. The 6-foot prospect is the nation's No. 69 overall recruit and the highest rated player in UF's class.

UPDATE, 12:45: Florida State continues to roll, and the Florida Gators have been fairly stagnant.

The Seminoles have jumped into the top 10 in 247Sports' composite rankings. It's a meteoric rise, considering Willie Taggart's team was outside the top 50 a month and a half ago. 

One of FSU's most recent signees is Georgia defensive lineman Jamarcus Chatman, who had also been considering Miami. It hasn't been a perfect day for FSU; former coach Jimbo Fisher took four-star quarterback James Foster, a big Seminoles target.

The Gators haven't had as much luck today. Florida missed out on five-star Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and four-star defensive back Noah Boykin (who chose Notre Dame).

UF's class sits No. 17.

My original post is below.

It's the traditional national signing day, so letters of intent are flying in for programs across the state and country. A few thoughts and updates, as of 10:30 a.m….

The Gators started quietly but landed one big recruit (four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield from Plantation's American Heritage). Florida missed out on one of the nation's top uncommitted prospects when five-star Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere chose Urban Meyer's Buckeyes.

UF had been one of his top choices, and he would have been the first five-star recruit of the Dan Mullen era. The Gators' class sits No. 16 in 247Sports' composite rankings.

Florida State made some local noise by signing a pair of four-star prospects from Armwood: Receiver Warren Thompson and defensive end Malcolm Lamar (who had also been considering UF). Willie Taggart's Seminoles missed out on a third Armwood target when linebacker James Miller chose Indiana instead.

The Seminoles' class has risen to No. 12 nationally. One of the biggest gets today was Kissimmee four-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs, who had been a key Miami target.

The Hurricanes are still rolling after a very strong December period. They have the country's No. 4 class and added four-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera out of American Heritage.

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