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Florida coach Dan Mullen has eight commitments in his 2019 class.

Florida recruiting: Projecting how Gators will fill remaining spots in class

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Florida has eight commitments in its 2019 class, which is ranked No. 20 nationally in the 247Sports composite.

The Gators likely will triple their class size between now and National Signing Day, and there’s a path to a top-5 finish in the rankings.

After the latest round of transfers, the Gators have 16 scholarships available for 2019, and 29 is the maximum number of recruits they can take. With possible transfers and a half-dozen potential early entrants for the 2019 NFL Draft, Florida likely will sign 24 to 27 recruits in this cycle.

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How will those remaining spots fill out?

The Gators have pledges right now from one quarterback, two wide receivers, two offensive linemen, two linebackers and a safety. One of those receivers, 3-star athlete Ja’markis Weston, could be a candidate to leave the class. He has yet to visit Florida since the coaching change and officially visited Penn State on April 20.

Based on depth chart needs and anticipated attrition, the Gators still have to get a running back, one more receiver —two if Weston flips — two tight ends, at least two more offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, three cornerbacks and one more safety.

Those additions would give the Gators 24 commits, and I think that’s the minimum they’ll sign. If there’s more spots available, first-year coach Dan Mullen and his staff likely will add bodies on the offensive or defensive line.

“You want to have that balance,” Mullen said earlier this month during his speaking tour. “Ideally every year, if everything worked perfect, you’d love to sign a quarterback, a running back, one to two tight ends, two to three wide receivers, three offensive linemen, right? Three to four D-linemen, two linebackers, two corners, two safeties, a punter or a kicker, just to keep the roster balanced from one year to the next.”

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