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Florida early enrollee Emory Jones will compete for the starting quarterback job this year.

Florida recruiting: 3 potential starters from Gators’ 2018 class

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Emory Jones, 4-star QB, Heard County High School (Franklin, Ga.)

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Emory Jones is ranked the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports composite. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)
  • Quarterback is the biggest question mark for Florida and Emory Jones has a chance to be the answer as a freshman. The Gators will hold an open competition this spring and the early enrollee will battle with Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Jake Allen. Despite his youth and inexperience, Jones is a perfect fit for Dan Mullen’s offense and his dual-threat ability could help him win the starting job.

Trevon Grimes, 4-star WR, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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Trevon Grimes was ranked the nation’s No. 6 wide receiver in the Class of 2017. (Zach Abolverdi/SEC Country)
  • The Gators need to get contributions from one of their newcomers at wide receiver and Trevon Grimes should be able to make an immediate impact. He needs an NCAA waiver to play in 2018, but there’s a strong likelihood of that happening because of a family health issue. At 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, Grimes will be the Gators’ biggest, most physical player at the position and should quickly work his way into the rotation.

Amari Burney, 4-star ATH, Calvary Christian High School (Clearwater, Fla.) 

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Amari Burney is ranked the nation’s No. 14 safety in the 247Sports composite. (Ryan Young/SEC Country)
  • Amari Burney is rated a consensus 4-star safety by recruiting services, but he also has the ability to play nickel and linebacker. He’s an exceptional athlete who runs a sub-4.5 second 40-yard dash at 6-1, 220 pounds. With Marcell Harris turning pro and Chauncey Gardner possibly moving to cornerback or nickel, there’s an opportunity for Burney to compete for one of the starting safety spots.