Florida recruiting: Looking ahead to Gators’ possible class size for 2019
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So Zach, have you crunched the numbers yet to see how many we can sign next year? By not maxing our this year, and with a full year of recruiting, will our class next year be close to 30?
— Doug Bailey (@thedougbailey) February 8, 2018
Close to 30, Doug, but right below that number.
With 19 signees and two transfers, Florida’s 2018 class has 21 initial counters — four short of the maximum number (25) allowed per class. When the Gators welcome their 2019 mid-year enrollees next January, up to four players can count toward the 2018 class.
That means UF coach Dan Mullen can sign a maximum of 29 players in the next recruiting cycle. Will the Gators have scholarship room for that many signees? Not likely.
At this time, Florida is set to have 83 players on scholarship in 2018 and 12 seniors on the team. That leaves 14 spots available for the 2019 class before attrition, but there undoubtedly will be some roster turnover after next season.
Florida has seven or eight juniors who could be candidates to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, including running back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, tackle Jawaan Taylor, defensive end Jabari Zuniga and linebacker David Reese.
It’s also safe to assume that the Gators will have roughly three-to-five transfers between now and the next National Signing Day. The departing juniors and potential transfers should allow Florida’s 2019 class size to be around 24-27 signees.
Cornerback, offensive line and defensive line will be the biggest needs for the Gators. They currently have verbal commitments from 4-star athlete Ja’markis Weston, 3-star tackle Wardrick Wilson and 3-star athlete Trent Whittemore.