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Early Signing Period 2017: DB John Huggins signs with Florida Gators

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Three-star safety and recent Florida commit John Huggins signed with the Florida Gators today. Huggins is listed as a three-star by 247Sports, but a four-star by ESPN and Rivals.

Huggins joined the class just earlier this week, making him the first defensive player to commit under new Gators head coach Dan Mullen. In his commitment tweet, Huggins had declared his intention to sign on the first day of the early signing period.

Mullen announced Huggins’ signing on Twitter:

The 6-foot 200-pound safety attends Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, and was once a Florida State commit. Huggins decommitted from the Seminoles on December 1 after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M. You can view full highlights of Huggins here.

Huggins decided to commit to the Gators after taking an official visit to UF this past weekend. Discussing his visit, Huggins had praise for the atmosphere at Florida, and noted that new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s persistent pursuit of him paid off.

Huggins is the third signee of the Gators’ early signing period, and one of Florida’s 13 current commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, which is presently ranked No. 30 by the 247Sports Composite rankings.