GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All but one of Florida’s remaining 2016 signees will arrive in Gainesville this week.
A dozen incoming freshmen are set to report to campus Tuesday for the Summer B semester, which begins next Monday. Junior college cornerback Joseph Putu is coming in August.
Florida’s other 12 signees enrolled early at UF, and a handful of them made early impressions in the spring. A few more are expected to do the same in fall training camp.
The star of the class is Tyrie Cleveland, arguably the nation’s best wide receiver who flipped to the Gators on signing day. His elite skill set will be met with high expectations at Florida, where he will reunite with childhood friend and fellow wide receiver Rick Wells, who was Jim McElwain’s first commitment.
Cleveland and Wells are two of five new receivers for 2016, and their position features the best group of signees in the class. Another new offensive weapon for UF is Lamical Perine.
He was the top running back in Alabama as a senior and the Crimson Tide heavily pursued him late in the recruiting process. Perine may not play right away because the depth chart is stacked, but he’s a force to be reckoned for in the future.
The Gators also add two offensive linemen, Brett Heggie and Jawaan Taylor, on that side of the ball. Both likely will redshirt this fall.
Another big-time incoming freshman is defensive end Antonneous Clayton, who is rated a 5-star recruit by Rivals and No. 10 nationally by ESPN. He’ll quickly work his way into the rotation and make an immediate impact, even if he isn’t a starter.
Jachai Polite, who is “way better” than Auburn’s Byron Cowart according to the state of Florida’s top offensive tackle, also joins the Florida defensive line. He comes in as a strongside defensive end, but could grow into a tackle depending on how he develops.
The Gators welcome two linebackers in Vosean Joseph and Jeremiah Moon, who was compared to ‘The Freak’ by Jevon Kearse himself. Moon will redshirt in 2016 to fill out his freakish frame, while Joseph could see the field on special teams.
Florida adds three defensive backs to its secondary in cornerback C.J. McWilliams and safeties Quincy Lenton and Jeawon Taylor. All three could possibly play as freshmen for depth purposes, particularly Taylor.