Friday, February 23, 2018
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College football recruiting: Florida Gators commitments

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KEY LOSSES: CB Vernon Hargreaves, LB Antonio Morrison, TE Jake McGee, DL Jon Bullard, DE Alex McCalister, RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Demarcus Robinson, S Keanu Neal, OL Trip Thurman

ORAL COMMITMENTS (14)

PlayerPos.Ht./Wt. School
Antonneous ClaytonDE6-3/218Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
Brett HeggieOL6-4/300Mount Dora
Vosean JosephLB6-2/210Miami Norland
Quincy LentonS6-0/195Meridian (Miss.)
Shavar ManuelDT6-4/290Bradenton IMG Academy
Christopher McWilliamsCB5-11/164Southwest Miami
Jeremiah MoonLB6-4/205Hoover (Ala.)
Antonio NelsonCB6-2/180Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
Lamical PerineRB5-11/210Theodore (Ala.)
Jachai PoliteDE6-3/240Daytona Beach Mainland
Aaron RobinsonCB6-1/175Deerfield Beach
Jawaan TaylorOL6-4/330Cocoa
Jeawon TaylorS6-2/192Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing
Rick WellsWR6-0/185Jacksonville Raines
EARLY ENROLLEES (12)
McArthur BurnettRB6-0/180Pahokee
Stone ForsytheOT6-7/325Winter Garden West Orange
Feleipe FranksQB6-5/205Crawfordville Wakulla
Chauncey GardnerCB6-0/194Cocoa
Joshua HammondWR6-0/180Hallandale
Dre MasseyWR6-0/185Holmes (Miss.) C.C.
Eddy PineiroK6-1/180ASA Miami
David ReeseLB6-1/235Farmington (Mich.)
Jordan SmithDE6-5/220Lithonia (Ga.)
Freddie SwainWR6-1/180Citra North Marion
Mark ThompsonRB6-2/230Dodge City (Kan.) C.C.
Kyle TraskQB6-5/210Manvel (Texas)

HOT PROSPECTS: After struggling to salvage a solid class last year, the Gators' recruiting haul is headed toward a potential top-five ranking and was briefly ranked No. 1 nationally. Army All-American Franks is Rivals' No. 3 pro-style quarterback and could be the Gators' future at that position. UF is addressing its lack of playmakers with a quartet of four-star receivers, led by Swain and Hammond. Clayton is a five-star talent ranked and is ESPN's No. 10 overall recruit. Manuel — a former Blake High star — is another top-100 talent, and poaching Pinerio from Alabama could immediately fix the team's kicking woes.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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