Florida picked up its second commitment of the 2016 cycle on Wednesday, with Miami Norland linebacker Vosean Joseph committing to the Gators via Twitter:
Use of the old logo aside, Joseph committed with 24 hours of being offered by Florida on Tuesday, and you have to like that sort of initiative and instinct from a linebacker, right?
You also better like it, because Joseph is currently unrated by the 247Sports Composite, stands just 6'1" despite a 210-pound frame, per 247Sports, and runs the 40-yard dash in only ("only") 4.9 seconds, per his own Hudl page.
He does, however, have a highlight reel:
I have to think Florida linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Randy Shannon — a Norland alumnus in his own right — liked the sound tackling there, and probably knows a fair bit more about Joseph than the recruiting industry does in general. (The same is perhaps true for 2015 signee Rayshad Jackson, another Norland player.) And Shannon's got as good a résumé when it comes to developing linebacker talent as any coach in college football, so his opinion on whether a prospect is worth a scholarship is probably sound.
But it's also true that Florida can afford to take fliers on linebackers, instead of only pursuing clear blue-chippers, because it will need them desperately after 2015 — and, frankly, needed them this year. Florida will have just seven scholarship linebackers entering the 2015 season, and neither Antonio Morrison nor Matt Rolin is a sure thing to be healthy this fall, so there's only a reliable five-man core at three positions.
And Morrison being a senior means that Florida will only have six returning scholarship linebackers in 2016 — four of whom will be seniors then.
I really am not sure whether Joseph can play. If he can, though, Florida could use him — today, even, but certainly down the line. And that's why taking his commitment makes tons of sense.