Florida in position to close strong with National Signing Day a week away
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Are you expecting a strong finish?
— Ivan Gomez (@irgator04) January 31, 2018
National Signing Day is one week away and I expect the Gators to close the 2018 recruiting cycle on a high note. Florida could land more than a half dozen commitments and finish with a top-10 class.
Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff have filled their needs at quarterback, running back, tight end and safety. The top remaining targets on the board are 5-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, and the Gators are considered the team to beat for both.
North Carolina is the favorite for offensive linemen William Barnes and Ed Montilus, but the Apopka (Fla.) teammates are expected to give Florida their final official visits this weekend. At this time, I anticipate top-100 tackle Richard Gouraige to stick with his commitment to the Gators.
The nation’s No. 1-ranked junior college defensive end, Dorian Gerald, plans to visit this weekend and UF has a strong shot with him. I expect Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera to remain with the Hurricanes. Florida is in contention for hybrid rush ends Andrew Chatfield, Caleb Johnson and Caleb Tannor.
I think it’s a toss-up between Florida and Miami for Chatfield. Johnson is likely UF’s to lose and Tannor appears Auburn bound. The Gators are in the driver’s seat for 4-star cornerback Noah Boykin following his de-commitment from Maryland last week.
If Mullen & Co. can land the majority of their remaining targets — particularly Copeland and Petit-Frere — it will be a strong finish and one of the better transition classes in school history.