Recruiting Round-Up 8/12-8/15/22: Florida Gators continue to gain ground
The last few weeks have been welcome for the Florida Gators and head coach Billy Napier on the recruiting trail. Their ascent has been electrifying and they now rank inside the top 10 in recruiting, with an absolutely mind-blowing blue chip rate of 18-2. The Gators are chomping their way to perhaps a top-five class. This weekend, the Gators picked up a trio of commitments from blue-chip defensive lineman!
Four-Star DL Kelby Collins Commits to Florida
Kelby is 6-foot 5-inches and 280 pounds from Gardendale, Alabama. He has the ideal size and frame for an interior defensive lineman in the SEC. He is pretty athletic, and strong. Has some versatility, can play on the edge. Can win with both speed and power. Should be an early contributor for Florida.
Four-Star Kylin Jackson Commits to LSU
Listed at 6-foot 1-inch 195-pound safety from Zachary, Louisiana. The name of Jackson's game is flexibility, he can come down into the box and play the run, and is solid in coverages. Jackson will likely need time to develop into the type of player needed to contribute in the SEC. Needs to add strength, and get better from a technical standpoint. Likely not a rotational player until the third year in the program.
Four-Star DL Will Norman Commits to Florida
Listed as 6-foot 4-inches and 275 pounds. Expected to play on the interior of the defensive line in college, and also attends IMG academy. He has the physical tools to play quickly for the Gators and has good technique. Athletic, and strong at the point of attack, can collapse the pocket, and be an anchor against the run game. Should play early for Napier.
Four-Star ATH Jacobe Johnson Commits to Oklahoma
Johnson is listed at 6-foot 3-inches and 190 pounds from Mustang, Oklahoma. Jacobe Johnson is a bit of a unicorn, in the sense that he can run with anyone, but is also a huge defensive back. Is expected to play corner at Oklahoma, though he could end up at safety or even linebacker with his size and flexibility. He is strong in bump and run coverage, rangy able to make up when he is beat, and takes good angles as a tackler. Should be an early impact guy for the Sooners, and the kind of player that only sticks around for three seasons.
Four-Star CB Jordan Matthews Commits to Tennessee
Jordan Matthews is 6-foot 165 pounds from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not quite as bad as the 63-14 beat down Heupel handed to the Longhorns back in 2000 as a player for Oklahoma, but this might be a close second. The talented corner has been considered a Texas lock for quite some time with this being simply a step in the process. Prognosticators in the recruiting game are not oft wrong these days but today was one of them. As a player, Jordan is a do-it-all type prospect in the defensive backfield. Though undersized, he has speed and physical tools to burn. He can hit and is physical in the run game, a legit track star in Louisiana.
Other Notable Commitments
Four-Star S Jayden Bonsu Commits to Ohio State
Four-Star ATH Ronan Hanafin Commits to Clemson
Four-Star QB Chris Parson Commits to Mississippi State
Four-Star DL Kamran James Commits to Florida
Four-Star ATH Kenyon Sadiq Commits to Oregon
That is all for this edition of recruiting round-up! Make sure you tune in for more and look out for Florida! The Gators are continuing to chomp on the trail.