Florida commits & targets in latest Top247 update – 247Sports

  • October 13, 2022

The latest update for the Top247 for the 2023 recruiting class has been released by 247Sports. The Gators currently hold 20 verbal commitments in the class of 2023 and have a chance to add two more this week with a pair of targets set to make their announcements on Thursday. Despite the Gators having a large bulk of their class in place, there are still some targets left on the board both uncommitted and committed to other schools. Swamp247 takes a look at where UF’s commits and targets fell in the new Top247 update. 

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This is the top target left on the Gators wish list. Florida has put together a solid class in the defensive secondary, and have a chance to add two more to their arsenal this coming week. McClain is the Gators best shot at adding a five-star rated prospect to their class in the 2023 cycle. They have hosted him several times over the course of this year since the arrival of the new staff. Alabama and Florida look to be the biggest players in this recruitment currently. He’s expected to take official visits to both schools before putting pen to paper in December. He checks in as the No. 4 overall rated prospect in the latest Top247. 
This five-star edge moved up one spot to No. 6 overall in the latest Top247 update. He’s yet to name any official leaders, but Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State appear to be the biggest players in his recruitment. The Crimson Tide and Buckeyes appear to be in the best spot of those schools. He’s taken official visits to both Alabama and Ohio State this fall and also has taken an unofficial visit to Florida this season. Florida is working to get Keeley back on campus this coming weekend, but plans have not been set for him to do so. 
Florida is looking to close out their defensive line class with a few more targets left on their board and Smith is one of those names. He is slated to take an official visit to Florida this coming weekend, which is his second visit to campus overall. Alabama looks to be the team in the best spot of this recruitment currently. This weekends visit to Florida will really be the best gauge of if the Gators will be a major player in this recruitment. He checks in at No. 22 overall in the latest Top247 update. 

This four-star back saw his ranking move up a few spots to No. 29 overall. Baxter Jr. remains a target for the Gators despite his commitment to the Texas Longhorns. Florida was able to get Baxter Jr. on campus for their win over Utah. Florida is going to keep their recruiting efforts up on their top running back target until the very end. It’s possible Baxter Jr. visits some other schools before signing day, and Florida is hoping to get him back on campus this coming weekend. 
Another top remaining target for the Gators along the defensive line. Florida has long been making Hall a priority target this cycle since the arrival of the new staff. He moved up 10 spots in the latest Top247 update from No. 61 to No. 51 overall. Georgia has had most of the buzz in this recruitment as of late, but Florida is very much in play. He’s not used any official visits to date yet, but is looking to take some in the coming months. Florida is working to get Hall back on campus this weekend for their big recruiting weekend. 

Checking in at No. 60 overall in the latest Top247 update. Florida will host Russaw on campus this coming weekend for an official visit along with his teammate James Smith. Florida likes Russaw as an edge rusher in their defense, and are high on his abilities. In-state Alabama is the team to watch closest at this point, but Russaw seems to have high interest in the Gators heading into his second ever visit to Gainesville. 
This Gators commit had a big jump in the latest Top247 rankings, moving up 79 spots to No. 100 overall in the latest update. James has an extremely high ceiling for the college level and his frame and athleticism makes him a very intriguing prospect. Florida extended an offer very early on in the process, which paid off with them landing a commitment from him back in August. This was an excellent evaluation by the Florida staff. 
Another big mover in the latest Top247 rankings, jumping from No. 195 up to No. 114 overall in the latest rankings. Jackson only started playing defensive back last season, but has caught on quickly. He’s a former wide receiver, so he’s got excellent ball skills and is very fast. He will thrive at the college level with some coaching. Jackson has been taking some recent visits to other schools, but still appears to be solid with the Orange and Blue. 

Bryant was a major target for the Gators in the 2023 cycle, but committed to Miami back in July. However, Florida has still been active in trying to recruit him despite his commitment elsewhere. He showed up in Gainesville for the Gators loss to Kentucky, so he’s not shut down the notion of taking visits to other schools. He checks in at No. 135 overall in the latest Top247 rankings. 
This is another defensive lineman still on the Gators radar this cycle. He committed to South Carolina earlier this fall, but is expected to visit Florida this coming weekend for their LSU game. He seems solid with the in-state Gamecocks, but not solid enough to keep him from checking out other schools. Florida last hosted him on campus back in the spring, so they will hope to impress this weekend in hopes of landing an official visit before signing day. He checks in at No. 144 overall in the latest rankings.

Another defensive lineman committed elsewhere that the Gators are still actively recruiting. Walker committed to UCF back in July, but is still in regular contact with the Florida staff. He even visited for a few games in Gainesville this year and has mentioned taking an official visit before signing day. It was at one point looking like it was possible for Walker to use his official visit to Florida this coming weekend, but now the staff is aiming for sometime in December. He is ranked No. 147 overall in the latest Top247 rankings.

Another Florida commit to rise in the updated Top247 rankings. Moving up from No. 173 overall to No. 154 overall. Collins was a big recruiting win for the Gators staff, as he picked them over in-state Alabama. Collins was in Tuscaloosa last weekend for Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, but still remains solid in his commitment to the Gators. Florida will be getting him back on campus this coming weekend for the LSU game. 

This four-star Florida commit checks in at No. 156 overall in the latest Top247 rankings. Wide receiver was a big area of focus for the staff this cycle, and they are high on the speed Mizell brings to the next level. He’s been a regular visitor to campus this season and plans to enroll early with the Gators. Mizell suffered an injury in the first game of his senior season, so it’s been unfortunate not to see him on the field this season. 

Florida has been building some momentum for the current Florida State commit this fall. He visited for UF’s first two games of the season and looks to be someone the staff is heavily in the mix for to flip. He’s expected back in town this coming weekend for UF’s game against LSU. He checks in at No. 163 overall in the latest rankings update. Florida sees Kearney being an interior offensive linemen at the next level. 

Another Gators commit to see their ranking rise in the latest update. Wilson III moves up to No. 167 overall in the latest update. Wilson III is another dynamic athlete the Gators are looking to improve their wide receiver room with. He committed to the Gators back in the summer and has been solid in that verbal pledge ever since. 

This Gators commit checks in at No. 171 overall in the latest Top247 update. Whittemore is one of the handful of talented wide receivers in the class this cycle. He’s a hometown prospect with an older brother currently on the team. Whittemore does a little bit of everything at the high school level, playing quarterback that is a running threat as well. 
Another top remaining target for the Gators this cycle. He checks in at No. 174 overall in the latest rankings update. After backing off an early commitment to Ohio State, the Gators have been seen as the team to beat in his recruitment. He’s been a regular visitor over the course of the last few months. He is set to make his commitment this coming Thursday and is also expected to be at Florida this coming weekend for the LSU game. 

Another Gators commit in the Top247 rankings. He checks in at No. 211 overall after seeing his ranking drop. Stokes committed to the Gators back in the summer when he flipped his commitment from Penn State. He will be back in Gainesville this coming weekend for an official visit to campus. 
The final Gators commitment in the Top247 rankings update, checking in at No. 213 overall. He was recruited as an edge prospect to play the JACK position in Florida’s defense. He picked the Gators back in July and has only visited UF’s campus since then. 
The Gators extended an offer to the four-star lineman back in July and hosted him on campus for their win over Utah. He is ranked No. 215 overall in the latest Top247 rankings. He’s already used official visits to Arizona, Utah, and Cal and has two official visits left remaining. He has no plans to visit Florida in the near future, and will be at Utah this coming weekend for their game against USC. 
Another Gators target along the defensive line that the Gators are making a priority target. He moved up from No. 243 overall to No. 228 overall in the latest update and has been putting up major numbers as a junior and even a senior this season. He’s visited Florida a handful of times since the summer, including a visit to Gainesville last weekend for UF’s win over Missouri. He is slated to visit Oklahoma and Clemson in the coming weeks before making his decision on Halloween. He’s down to Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Of those schools, Clemson, Florida, and Michigan have been making the most buzz in his recruitment. 
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