2021 College Football Class Review: Florida

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Oct. 22, 2020.

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2021 College Recruiting - 20 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Oct. 22, 2020
Florida logo S Corey Collier (Miami, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Collier (6-2, 180), the No. 2-rated safety in the nation, commits to the Gators a day after his teammate Jason Marshall made a pledge to Florida. Collier's pledge solidifies the Gators' secondary class as one of the best in the nation under defensive backs coach Torian Gray.

I have heard some knocks on Collier about his speed, and apparently, he doesn't time well. But at game speed, I've never seen Collier look out of place. He is a more of a traditional free safety who likes to play deep and track the football. He has excellent ball skills with five interceptions as a junior. Collier can play physical football, but I think that will become more of his game once he's in college. Collier is a smart football player who has plus-level playmaking skills and a high upside.

Corey Collier's Player Grade: A
Florida logo CB Jason Marshall (Miami, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Marshall (6-2, 180) is one of the elite cornerbacks in the 2021 class and a major commitment for the Gators, who don't always have luck pulling talent out of Miami-Dade County. His length and ability to track and play the ball make him a dangerous threat for a turnover any time the ball goes in his direction. Marshall does not give an inch physically and should be even tougher in that area once he gets stronger and is asked to play more press coverage. Marshall can also dunk a basketball and has no problem getting up in the air to challenge taller receives on high passes.

Marshall is big enough to make plays in run defense when the opportunity presents itself. He moves well, is good on the backfield and flips his well. Marshall has everything the top programs are looking forward in today's cornerbacks - length, ball skills, and agility.

Jason Marshall's Player Grade: A+
Florida logo DT Desmond Watson (Seffner, FL) commtts to Florida  View Class

The Armwood High program has sent several prospects to Florida over the years, with varying levels of success. Watson (6-4, 368) is being recruited as a nose guard, but I wonder if he wouldn't work out better as an offensive guard. For starters, he'll probably have to get down into the 340-pound range to play in college.

Watson does exactly what a space eater is supposed to do. He can take on multiple blockers and has the quickness on the interior to get rid of them. Watson has good upper body strength - he throws discus and shut put in track - and he is good at the point of contact. Again, I think a move to the offensive line might be the best fit in the future, but either way the Gators are getting for big body in their class.

Desmond Watson's Player Grade: C+
Florida logo OL Jake Slaughter (Ocala, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Slaughter (6-4. 300) originally committed to Florida State in the spring but backed away from that commitment to play for the rival Gators. From his original evaluation: Slaughter is the top center in Florida. He's solidly built, from the bottom up and has a strong lower body and leg drive. Slaughter can get down the field on pulls and has decent feet. His pass protection is pretty good as well. Slaughter plays with leverage and has a solid base. He does a lot of things right and could be a multi-year starter.

Jake Slaughter's Player Grade: B
Florida logo LS Rocco Underwood (Lake Mary, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Underwood (6-4, 220) is listed as a tight end, but he will be the Gators' primary long-snapper recruit in this class. According to the Rubio Long Snapping website, Underwood is the top-rated long snapper in the nation and was given a six-star ranking by the website. The website further states: "[Underwod] makes everything looks effortless. Moves well on his feet and is a pure athlete. Easily could hold the top spot for a long time if he continues to focus on snapping as hard as he can, with confidence and keeping the same release point."

Rocco Underwood's Player Grade: C+
Florida logo WR Marcus Burke (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Florida has generally done well recruiting players out of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, one of the better talent-producing programs in Florida. Burke (6-3, 180) has the size of a classic outside receiver. He can get separation up top and looks to have very good top-end speed.

Burke is big in size, but not particularly physical. He is very agile and shows great ability to change direction. Burke has terrific hands and shows a knack for making the tougher catches look pretty easy. He is an above-average route runner and understands where the sticks are.

Marcus Burke's Player Grade: B
Florida logo S Donovan McMillon (Canonsburg, PA) commits to Florida  View Class

McMillon (6-2, 195) is a big safety prospect who is strong against the run and should work out as a very good defender in the box. The Gators are looking to rebuild part of their secondary, as their experienced safety depth is expected to take a hit after the upcoming season.

McMillion actually has skills that should work out well in coverage because he can track the football and shows plus-level ball skills. But he is most comfortable playing downhill and being physical at the point of contact. McMillion is a good tackler who uses his body and wraps up well. He could possibly grow into a linebacker depending on how much weight his frame can hold.

Donovan McMillon's Player Grade: B
Florida logo CB Jordan Young (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Young (6-0, 185) is going to be a versatile piece in the secondary because I believe he can play safety or corner, with the ability to roam center field as a deep safety on one play, guard a bigger outside receiver on another play and still play in the box, close to the line of scrimmage as a strong safety on another play. It is hard to say where Young projects best for the future. He can run pretty well and is competitive, plus technically sound.

Young is going to do well playing and learning under Florida's defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. Young is an aggressive, competitive defensive back who will do what it takes to get on the field.

Jordan Young's Player Grade: B
Florida logo S Kamar Wilcoxson (Stone Mountain, GA) commits to Florida  View Class

Wilcoxson (6-2, 185) played in the secondary at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia before transferring to IMG Academy at the beginning of the year. He previously committed to Tennessee on April 27.

From an earlier evaluation: Wilcoxson brings a lot of versatility to the back end. He has shown the ability to play cornerback and safety, and he'll likely do both in college. Wilcoxson is a very good athlete who has excellent speed and length. He also has a good skill set for a cornerback and plus-level ball skills.

Wilcoxson is a competitor who plays with a chip on his shoulder. On one play, he can be a corner who will match up with bigger receivers, and on the next, he will be playing deep safety and patrolling the middle. He is the 16th-ranked safety in the class.

Kamar Wilcoxson's Player Grade: B+
Florida logo S Dakota Mitchell (Winter Park, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Mitchell (6-0, 185) committed to LSU on March 19 and backed away from that commitment on June 12. He then committed to Florida a week later.

From an earlier evaluation: "Mitchell does a good job of dropping into coverage and then making a play on the football or the ball-carrier. He also plays wide receiver in high school, which helps his ball skills. Mitchell can run, and without a reliable time on record, he looks like he can run around a 4.6 or better. He is a physical player on defense and plays a big, physical game. He is quick and shifty on offense, lending to the idea he could play on either side of the ball.

Dakota Mitchell's Player Grade: B
Florida logo QB Jalen Kitna (Burleson, TX) commits to Florida  View Class

Kitna (6-3, 195) has NFL lineage, with his father, Jon Kitna, having started for the Cincinnati Bengals in the early 2000s and later playing for the Detroit Lions. He is the second arm in the Gators' recruiting class, joining top-20 quarterback prospect Carlos Del Rio.

Kitna is the Gators' 17th verbal commitment. He will play for Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas this year - his third school in as as many seasons. The Gators needed some depth at quarterback and someone who was willing to wait a couple of seasons and be developed like Kitna. There are a few players ahead of Kitna on the future projected depth chart, like Emory Jones and likely Del Rio, but after seeing what Kyle Trask did for Florida in 2019. it makes sense for the Gators to want to have a quarterback on the roster with smarts for the game. I don't project him as a starter at Florida, but he will compete.

Jalen Kitna's Player Grade: C+
Florida logo ATH Charles Montgomery (Seffner, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Montgomery (5-10, 181) is one of the top multi-purpose athletes in Florida. He was one the top running backs in the state as a sophomore at Bloomingdale High School, but Montgomery transferred to Armwood as a junior and moved to wide receiver, where he lined up across from top prospect Agiye Hall. Montgomery has played some defense, but he's primarily an offensive player, and to me the question is: "Do the top schools think he'll be big enough to play running back in college?" I believe Montgomery is a slot receiver, and he has the ability to be one of the best in the class. He is still learning the position, however, and has to work on a few areas, like consistent route running and catching the ball properly. Montgomery is a top-end athlete and will be a difference maker on the field.

Charles Montgomery's Player Grade: B+
Florida logo OT Adrein Strickland (Lynn Haven, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Strickland (6-6, 330) is a jumbo lineman and one of the best in the often under-recruited area of northwest Florida. He has the size to play left tackle and the length to handle speed rushers. Strickland is probably a better run blocker at this point, and he can create a lot opportunities for running backs who get behind him. He will have to change his body a little bit to maximize his opportunities as a tackle. Otherwise, Strickland can play guard, and the Gators have had success with a lot of bigger guards. I don't think Strickland is a superstar, but he's probably a little underrated. Strickland can grow and develop into a multi-year starter.

Adrein Strickland's Player Grade: B-
Florida logo TE Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Elksnis (6-5, 205) committed to Penn State earlier in the process, but he had been looking around and eventually turned his attention to staying in state and playing for the Gators. He made it official during Florida's junior day event.

As a tight end, Elksnis is probably more suited for a flex role and moving around on the field whether it's in the slot, on the outside or as a h-back in certain formations. Elksnis is a willing blocker, but I'm not sure if he'll project well as a blocker at the next level. As a big receiver, however, I believe Elksnis can be a mismatch in the passing game and a reliable target in the red zone.

Nick Elksnis' Player Grade: B-
Florida logo TE Gage Wilcox (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Wilcox made his commitment to Florida official on his social media, choosing the Gators over Alabama and Georgia. Wilcox (6-4, 222) is a good fit for what Dan Mullen likes to do with his tight ends on offense. He's a flex player and can move around the field to find the right matchup. Wilcox doesn't have the breakaway speed of an elite tight end, but he can stretch the field and he has the hands to make the catches that will move the chains. Florida already has 13 verbal commitments in the 2021 class, although if the past is any indication, there will be plenty of movement in the class between now and the December early signing period. But the Gators are establishing themselves with in-state recruits, as seven of the 13 commitments are from Florida.

Gage Wilcox's Player Grade: B
Florida logo DE Justus Boone (Sumter, SC) commits to Florida  View Class

Boone is listed as a defensive end, but at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, I think he's going to move inside by the time he gets to college. His frame is one that can easily take an additional 30-35 pounds, and he's already outgrown the linebacker position that he was playing when he starting high school football. Boone looks like he's as strong as an Ox on film, which is something I've generally noticed about line prospects from South Carolina. He is a physical player up front and really sells out against the run. Boone is a little underrated, and with closer inspection, I'd give him a red-chip designation.

Justus Boone's Player Grade: B+
Florida logo WR Trevonte Rucker (Ocala, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Florida still hasn't finished figuring out its wide receiver haul for the class of 2020, but the Gators pulled in this high-ceiling red-chip prospect who will likely be one of the top-50 players in the state. Rucker (5-11 160) isn't close to a finished product and is very raw in some areas of his development. But he has the explosion and the speed you can't teach. He is a fearless player who can do work out of the slot or play in the vertical game on the outside. Rucker is dangerous in space, and that should allow him to contribute on special teams and possibly in the backfield.

Trevonte Rucker's Player Grade: B+
Florida logo ATH Daejon Reynolds (Loganville, GA) commits to Florida  View Class

Reynolds (6-2, 185) is projected as a wide receiver, but I wouldn't be surprised if Florida looked at him as more of a safety or outside linebacker based on his size and how much more he is likely to grow. As a receiver, Reynolds has been productive in high school, collecting over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has the size and length to fit in the Gators' offense as an outside receiver and a major threat in the red zone. Reynolds doesn't have the speed of a high-end receiver, but he's a big target who can move the chains; he fits the bill.

Daejon Reynolds' Player Grade: B
Florida logo DT Christopher Thomas (Fort Myers, FL) commits to Florida  View Class
Thomas (6-5, 280) is the sixth player in the Gators' 2021 recruiting class and the second projected defensive linemen, joining Tyreak Sapp. Thomas has the length and explosion to play off the edge, but he has the size and natural strength to be a force on the interior. Thomas plays with a good motor and doesn't take himself out of too many plays. He has powerful hands and gives good effort anywhere on the field. Thomas should only continue to improve his game with time and experience. Christopher Thomas' Player Grade: B+
Florida logo CB Clinton Burton Jr. (Baltimore, MD) commits to Florida  View Class
Burton Jr. is one of the top cornerbacks in the 2021 class and gives the Gators their fifth commitment of the 2021 class. On film, Burton Jr. looks like a strong, well-rounded player. He has good size (6-0, 190) and plays a physical, athletic game. Burton Jr. really likes to get in a wide receiver's face. He can jam them off the line or run with them. He is good defending in space and has the ball skills to create turnovers. With his type of game, Burton Jr. will have to continue to add size and strength, but he has blue-chip potential. Clinton Burton Jr.'s Player Grade: B+

All Commitments - 21

Most recent Commitment on Aug. 10, 2020
  • 8/10 - Corey Collier S
  • 8/9 - Jason Marshall CB
  • 7/30 - Desmond Watson DT
  • 7/24 - Jake Slaughter OL
  • 7/24 - Rocco Underwood LS
  • 7/20 - Marcus Burke WR
  • 7/18 - Donovan McMillon S
  • 6/21 - Jordan Young CB
  • 6/19 - Kamar Wilcoxson S
  • 6/18 - Dakota Mitchell S
  • 5/26 - Jalen Kitna QB
  • 5/24 - Charles Montgomery WR
  • 5/12 - Adrein Strickland OT
  • 3/8 - Nick Elksnis TE
  • 2/28 - Gage Wilcox TE
  • 2/26 - Justus Boone DE
  • 2/11 - Trevonte Rucker WR
  • 2/3 - Daejon Reynolds ATH
  • 1/8 - Brashard Smith RB
  • 9/23 - Christopher Thomas DT
  • 9/2 - Clinton Burton Jr. CB

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 20
  • Juniors: 28
  • Sophmores: 25
  • Freshmen: 38
DB: 17 Players | 104 games played
Sr:1 Jr:7 So:5 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
Marco Wilson So 9|9
Trey Dean III So 9|6
Donovan Stiner Jr 9|5
Kaiir Elam Fr 9|2
Quincy Lenton Jr 9|0
Shawn Davis Jr 8|6
Brad Stewart Jr 7|4
Jeawon Taylor Sr 7|3
Amari Burney So 7|2
Nick Oelrich Jr 7|0
CJ Henderson Jr 6|6
Jaydon Hill Fr 6|0
Chester Kimbrough Fr 4|0
Patrick Moorer So 3|0
Austin Perry So 3|0
C.J. McWilliams Jr 1|0
David Reese Fr 0|0
DL: 10 Players | 58 games played
Sr:4 Jr:4 So:1 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Kyree Campbell Jr 9|9
Adam Shuler Sr 9|9
Zachary Carter So 9|0
Luke Ancrum Sr 8|2
Marlon Dunlap Jr 8|0
Tedarrell Slaton Jr 8|0
Jabari Zuniga Sr 5|4
Elijah Conliffe Jr 1|0
Moses Gordon III Sr 1|0
Jaelin Humphries Fr 0|0
K: 3 Players | 11 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:2 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Evan McPherson So 9|0
Chris Howard So 2|0
Tyler Waxman Fr 0|0
LB: 20 Players | 87 games played
Sr:4 Jr:2 So:6 Fr:8
Player Class Games|Starts
David Reese II Sr 9|9
Jeremiah Moon Jr 9|8
Khris Bogle Fr 9|0
Lacedrick Brunson So 9|0
Mohamoud Diabate Fr 9|0
James Houston IV So 9|0
Jonathan Greenard Sr 8|8
Ventrell Miller So 8|7
Andrew Chatfield Fr 6|0
TyRon Hopper Fr 3|0
Umstead Sanders Jr 3|0
Jesiah Pierre Fr 2|0
Robert Clay Sr 1|0
Justin Pelic Fr 1|0
Lloyd Summerall Fr 1|0
Brenton Cox So 0|0
Coleman Crozier Fr 0|0
Quaylin Crum So 0|0
Nick Smith So 0|0
Will Thomas Sr 0|0
LS: 4 Players | 10 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:2
Player Class Games|Starts
Jacob Tilghman Sr 9|0
Brett DioGuardi Jr 1|0
John Brady Fr 0|0
Marco Ortiz Fr 0|0
OL: 15 Players | 87 games played
Sr:1 Jr:4 So:1 Fr:9
Player Class Games|Starts
Nick Buchanan Sr 9|9
Jean Delance Jr 9|9
Stone Forsythe Jr 9|9
Brett Heggie Jr 9|9
Christopher Bleich Fr 9|8
Griffin McDowell Fr 9|0
T.J. Moore So 9|0
Tanner Rowell Jr 9|0
Richard Gouraige Fr 8|1
Michael Tarquin Fr 3|0
Ethan White Fr 2|0
Kingsley Eguakun Fr 1|0
Riley Simonds Fr 1|0
Will Harrod Fr 0|0
DaQuan Thomas Fr 0|0
P: 2 Players | 11 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Tommy Townsend Sr 9|0
Jacob Finn Jr 2|0
QB: 7 Players | 19 games played
Sr:0 Jr:3 So:1 Fr:3
Player Class Games|Starts
Kyle Trask Jr 8|6
Emory Jones Fr 7|0
Feleipe Franks Jr 4|3
Kyle Engel Fr 0|0
Luke Matthews Fr 0|0
Jack Ruskell So 0|0
Nick Sproles Jr 0|0
RB: 7 Players | 31 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:3 Fr:2
Player Class Games|Starts
Lamical Perine Sr 9|9
Malik Davis So 8|0
Dameon Pierce So 8|0
Iverson Clement Fr 4|0
NayQuan Wright Fr 2|0
Isaac Ricks So 0|0
Michael Weir Jr 0|0
TE: 8 Players | 50 games played
Sr:2 Jr:1 So:3 Fr:2
Player Class Games|Starts
Kyle Pitts So 9|9
Lucas Krull Jr 9|1
Dante Lang Fr 9|0
Kemore Gamble So 8|0
Andres Saldivar Sr 7|0
Keon Zipperer Fr 7|0
Dennis Gross Sr 1|0
Clifford Taylor So 0|0
WR: 18 Players | 70 games played
Sr:5 Jr:4 So:3 Fr:6
Player Class Games|Starts
Van Jefferson Sr 9|9
Trevon Grimes Jr 9|8
Josh Hammond Sr 9|4
Tyrie Cleveland Sr 9|1
Jacob Copeland Fr 9|0
Freddie Swain Sr 8|4
Rick Wells Jr 5|0
Jaylin Jackson Fr 3|0
Kadarius Toney Jr 3|0
Dionte Marks Fr 2|0
Trent Whittemore Fr 2|0
Nicolas Sutton Jr 1|0
JaMarkis Weston Fr 1|0
Erik Askeland So 0|0
Garrett Conner Sr 0|0
Daniel Cross Fr 0|0
Trey Thompson So 0|0
Joshua Tse So 0|0


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