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Florida coach Dan Mullen is trying to get Marcus Tillman Jr. back into the fold.

Florida recruiting: Which de-commits could rejoin the Gators’ 2019 class?

Zach Abolverdi

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In each of the last three recruiting cycles, a prospect has de-committed from Florida and later rejoined the class.

Defensive back Chauncey Gardner made the move in 2016, running back Adarius Lemons followed suit in 2017 and wide receiver Jacob Copeland decided to go back with the Gators earlier this month on National Signing Day.

The 2019 class could extend this trend to a fourth straight year.

Nine 2019 recruits have de-committed since the coaching changes, but Florida is in play for a handful of those players. The most notable name is Orlando, Fla., safety Marcus Tillman Jr., who backed off his pledge to the Gators on Jan. 17.

One week later, however, he was re-offered by new coach Dan Mullen and took an unofficial visit to Florida on Feb. 3. Tillman will be back in town this weekend for junior day and the Gators are in great shape for his services.

Former wide receiver commit John Dunmore (Hollywood, Fla.) is also scheduled to Florida on Saturday. He and fellow 4-star WR Frank Ladson (Homestead, Fla.) are still high on the Gators and could jump back on board.

Jaleel McRae was the first recruit to de-commit after Jim McElwain’s departure, but the 4-star linebacker from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) loved the hiring of Mullen. He continues to list Florida as one of his top schools and will return to campus this spring.

Top-100 defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells and 4-star defensive back Tyrique Stevenson are also giving the Gators strong consideration and have been in communication with the new coaches. Both prospects plan to visit Gainesville in the near future.