2022 College Football Class Review: Florida

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated July 16, 2021.

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2022 College Recruiting - 8 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on July 17, 2021
Florida logo ATH Jamarrien Burt (Ocala, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Burt (6-0, 172) is the type of player who my friend and co-host of The Fish Cast, which can be found on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud or wherever you fill your podcasting needs, former Rutgers coach Chris Demarest loves. Burt is an athlete who plays quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and he'll likely be a corner/safety at the next level. Demarest always believes the best cornerbacks play a lot of running back in high school. Burt has the speed, quickness and fluid movement to become a very good player in the secondary. He also has the kind of long speed and length to make the transition to full-time defense.

Jamarrien Burt's Player Grade: B
Florida logo LB Shemar James (Mobile, AL) commits to Florida  View Class

Florida is recruiting at a nice, consistent rate. Last month the Gators staff landed top Texas cornerback Julian Humphrey and now they one of the best linebackers along the Gulf Coast in James (6-3, 200). He is an elite, quick-twitch athlete that plays on both sides of the ball and can get all over the field with some of the more impressive closing speed you'll see at the position. James has a great motor and studies the pre-snap movements to get a jump on the play. He is a problem for offensive players on every play because he will jump up on the line on early downs, drop into coverage on third downs or come off the edge and rush the passer in obvious situations.

Shemar James' Player Grade: A-
Florida logo CB Julian Humphrey (Houston, TX) commits to Florida  View Class

Humphrey (6-1, 185) is a fast defensive back who runs track in high school. He looks good physically, almost college ready, but still could stand to get bigger and add more strength to his game. But Humphrey can run and is competitive. He has good ball skills, and even when he's out of position, Humphrey has plus-level closing speed and can disrupt the pass play. He can run with any outside receiver and has long speed to burn, but he needs to be more active in getting guys off their routes. Adding physical play with his speed will make Humphrey a tough defender in college.

Julian Humphrey's Player Grade: B
Florida logo ATH Isaiah Bond (Buford, GA) commits to Florida  View Class

Bond is another two-way standout. You see his speed on offense when he is flying behind the secondary. The kid can flat-out run, and he has quick feet. Bond will make one move and achieve separation. This is a main reason why we see him as such a great corner prospect. Bond's size and speed will allow him to match up against pretty much any receiver he faces.

Isaiah Bond's Player Grade: B+
Florida logo OT Tony Livingston (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Florida has managed to find some solid in-state offensive tackle prospects over the last decade. One of the Gators' current starters, Richard Gouraige, came from the Tampa area, and Livingston (6-6, 265) is equipped to be the next in line. He has great length and a tremendous frame that should be able to hold plenty of mass.

Livingston is a great athlete. He is a former receiver/tight end and an excellent basketball player. Livingston also plays the defensive line, and on film, he's a handful coming off the edge. He is very good at the point of contact and has exceptional footwork and lateral movement. He is still rather new at playing offensive tackle, so there's going to be some significant learning he will need to do over the next couple of years. Livingston, however, is a high-ceiling prospect with a ton of tools and potential.

Tony Livingston's Player Grade: B
Florida logo TE C.J. Hawkins (Tampa, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

Hawkins (6-7, 220) is a long, impressive-looking athlete who has made most of his impact playing basketball. He only has one year of football under his belt, but he has already shown his toughness by his willingness to play inline and be used as an additional blocker. Hawkins has seen limited opportunities to be a pass catcher, but those opportunities will increase as he lines up at different spots on the field.

Florida has become a top spot for tight ends, and there's a belief Hawkins will be a good one in time. He's already a great athlete who just needs time to develop and mature on the field.

C.J. Hawkins' Player Grade: B-
Florida logo QB Nick Evers (Flower Mound, Texas) commits to Florida  View Class

I was a guest on a podcast last week where I aired my opinion that the Gators were a little thin at quarterback and that I was surprised they hadn't looked into the transfer portal for an experienced arm. But to Dan Mullen's credit, he sticks to his development process and will now add Evers (6-4, 191) to the fold. Florida was only taking one quarterback in this class, and Evers is the one Mullen zeroed in on.

I love Evers' size, and he was gaining a lot of steam on the recruiting trail. He threw for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior last season. I think the Florida coaching staff sees some similarities between Evers and the recently departed Kyle Trask. Evers is still in the early stages of development, but he shows some promising tools and the ability to be an effective passer. He's athletic enough to make things happen with his legs as well. Evers might be a couple of years away, but he's worth watching.

Nick Evers' Player Grade: B
Florida logo DE Francois Nolton (Miami, FL) commits to Florida  View Class

The Gators dip into Miami-Dade County for Nolton (6-4, 225), a solid pass-rushing prospect with some considerable upside. Nolton has a natural feel for the pass rush and getting to the quarterback. He can do it with speed, or he can use his hands to help him get around the edge.

Nolton will really begin to look the part when he gets into a college strength program. Right now, he's a player with a great frame and a lot of natural ability. Nolton needs to gain strength and learn more technique in his senior season. He is good at the point of contact, but he could improve his timing and his "get off" when the ball is snapped. The potential is high for Norton, who has the type of skill set that has generally been developed well under the Gators' coaches.

Francois Nolton's Player Grade: B

All Commitments - 8

Most recent Commitment on June 24, 2021
  • 6/24 - Jamarrien Burt ATH
  • 6/20 - Shemar James LB
  • 5/27 - Julian Humphrey CB
  • 5/10 - Isaiah Bond ATH
  • 3/15 - Tony Livingston OT
  • 3/13 - C.J. Hawkins TE
  • 3/10 - Nick Evers QB
  • 2/5 - Francois Nolton DE

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 26
  • Juniors: 26
  • Sophmores: 38
  • Freshmen: 0
DB: 16 Players | 0 games played
Sr:7 Jr:5 So:4 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Amari Burney Jr 0|0
Shawn Davis Sr 0|0
Trey Dean III Jr 0|0
Kaiir Elam So 0|0
CJ Henderson Sr 0|0
Jaydon Hill So 0|0
Chester Kimbrough So 0|0
Quincy Lenton Sr 0|0
C.J. McWilliams Sr 0|0
Patrick Moorer Jr 0|0
Nick Oelrich Sr 0|0
Austin Perry Jr 0|0
David Reese So 0|0
Brad Stewart Sr 0|0
Donovan Stiner Sr 0|0
Marco Wilson Jr 0|0
DL: 6 Players | 0 games played
Sr:4 Jr:1 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Kyree Campbell Sr 0|0
Zachary Carter Jr 0|0
Elijah Conliffe Sr 0|0
Marlon Dunlap Sr 0|0
Jaelin Humphries So 0|0
Tedarrell Slaton Sr 0|0
K: 3 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:2 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Chris Howard Jr 0|0
Evan McPherson Jr 0|0
Tyler Waxman So 0|0
LB: 16 Players | 0 games played
Sr:2 Jr:6 So:8 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Khris Bogle So 0|0
Lacedrick Brunson Jr 0|0
Andrew Chatfield So 0|0
Brenton Cox Jr 0|0
Coleman Crozier So 0|0
Quaylin Crum Jr 0|0
Mohamoud Diabate So 0|0
TyRon Hopper So 0|0
James Houston IV Jr 0|0
Ventrell Miller Jr 0|0
Jeremiah Moon Sr 0|0
Justin Pelic So 0|0
Jesiah Pierre So 0|0
Umstead Sanders Sr 0|0
Nick Smith Jr 0|0
Lloyd Summerall So 0|0
LS: 3 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
John Brady So 0|0
Brett DioGuardi Sr 0|0
Marco Ortiz So 0|0
OL: 14 Players | 0 games played
Sr:4 Jr:1 So:9 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Christopher Bleich So 0|0
Jean Delance Sr 0|0
Kingsley Eguakun So 0|0
Stone Forsythe Sr 0|0
Richard Gouraige So 0|0
Will Harrod So 0|0
Brett Heggie Sr 0|0
Griffin McDowell So 0|0
T.J. Moore Jr 0|0
Tanner Rowell Sr 0|0
Riley Simonds So 0|0
Michael Tarquin So 0|0
DaQuan Thomas So 0|0
Ethan White So 0|0
P: 1 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Jacob Finn Sr 0|0
QB: 6 Players | 0 games played
Sr:2 Jr:1 So:3 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Kyle Engel So 0|0
Emory Jones So 0|0
Luke Matthews So 0|0
Jack Ruskell Jr 0|0
Nick Sproles Sr 0|0
Kyle Trask Sr 0|0
RB: 7 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:4 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Iverson Clement So 0|0
Malik Davis Jr 0|0
Lorenzo Lingard Jr 0|0
Dameon Pierce Jr 0|0
Isaac Ricks Jr 0|0
Michael Weir Sr 0|0
NayQuan Wright So 0|0
TE: 5 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:3 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Kemore Gamble Jr 0|0
Dante Lang So 0|0
Kyle Pitts Jr 0|0
Clifford Taylor Jr 0|0
Keon Zipperer So 0|0
WR: 13 Players | 0 games played
Sr:4 Jr:3 So:6 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Erik Askeland Jr 0|0
Jacob Copeland So 0|0
Daniel Cross So 0|0
Trevon Grimes Sr 0|0
Jaylin Jackson So 0|0
Dionte Marks So 0|0
Nicolas Sutton Sr 0|0
Trey Thompson Jr 0|0
Kadarius Toney Sr 0|0
Joshua Tse Jr 0|0
Rick Wells Sr 0|0
JaMarkis Weston So 0|0
Trent Whittemore So 0|0


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