GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Over the previous seven years, Florida has signed two prospects from the state of Alabama.
UF landed three in this recruiting cycle, highlighted by Jeremiah Moon of Hoover, Ala.
The four-star linebacker officially became a Gator on Wednesday with the signing of his letter of intent. Moon committed to Florida after attending Friday Night Lights in July, but Mississippi State kept pursuing and got him on campus last month for an official visit.
“I have a great relationship with coach Collins, and I like what coach McElwain is doing with the program,” Moon said. “I also enjoy taking with coach (Randy) Shannon and I’m excited that he’ll be my position coach. He told me depending on how my body develops, I’m going to be playing inside or outside linebacker. Either way, he loves what I bring to the table.”
Hoover coach Josh Niblett said the sky is the limit for the 6-foot-4 Moon, who currently weighs 210 pounds but has plenty of room to grow.
“In the SEC, young players have to develop mentally as much as they do physically. He’s very conscientious about that,” Niblett said of Moon. “It’s all about the speed of the game and how fast mentally can you process stuff that’s going on before the ball is snapped. At the same time, it’s about staying healthy and having a body that’s durable and taken care of. You have to be able to handle day in and day out practices and the grind of an SEC schedule.
“Physically, Jeremiah still needs to probably put a little more weight on, but that won’t be a problem because he’s still growing. I think he can carry 240 pounds easily. He’ll be an absolute grown man when he gets to that weight. He’s an extremely hard worker, so I see a huge future in front of him not only in college but the NFL level as well.”