Florida’s 2018 class is ranked No. 8 nationally and second-best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Gators have 17 verbal commitments and could add 6-8 more players to the class, depending on attrition.
Offensive line, defensive line and cornerback are the remaining needs. On Wednesday, SEC Country updated Florida’s mock class for the offensive side of the ball. How will the Gators fill out the rest of their 2018 class on defense? Here are the latest projections:
* — indicates current commitment
Analysis: With 4-star DT Coynis Miller choosing Auburn over Alabama and Florida, the Gators will now turn their attention to Davis. He visited UF on June 17 and defensive line coach Chris Rumph saw him Tuesday. The Gators are considered the team to beat for Chatfield, a former Ohio State who attended the Florida-LSU game. Upshaw plans to enroll early.
Confidence level: 60 percent
LB: David Reese*
Analysis: Florida needs at least one linebacker in this class and landed Reese’s commitment in late July. He is solid in his pledge and has attended multiple games this season. Florida linebackers coach Tim Skipper continues to pursue 4-star targets Channing Tindall and Richard Jibunor, who received a visit from the staff Tuesday.
Confidence level: 99 percent
Analysis: The Gators have addressed their needs at safety and want to add at least one more corner/nickel to go along with Wilson. Secondary coach Corey Bell has several targets at the position, but Radley-Hines appears to be the most likely option despite his Nebraska commitment. He plans to officially visit Florida this fall.
Confidence level: 75 percent