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The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XLVII

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On Florida’s Orange & Blue Debut weekend recruiting returns.

Spring games are played to generate excitement for the upcoming season, and perhaps, to give fans just one more glimpse of football in order to stave off some of their offseason withdrawals. But another thing that a successful spring debut can do is aid in persuading recruits.

Leading into Friday night’s Orange & Blue Debut, the Gators picked up a commitment from 2019 defensive back Tyrique Stevenson, and then another pledge, this time from three-star 2018 tight end/offensive lineman Jalen Goss, just a few hours before the annual spring scrimmage kicked off.

The next day, Florida collected two more commitments and one possible pledge. First to commit on Saturday was 2019 athlete Jashon Watkins, but doubt was later raised about the validity of his allegiance to the Gators. Also on Saturday, Florida received commitments from 2019 wide receiver John Dunmore and three-star 2018 wide receiver Corey Gammage.

Jim McElwain was #ChompChomp-ing all weekend.

The Gators’ 2018 class now contains five recruits, and comes in at No. 23 in the overall 247Sports Composite class ranking standings for that year. But the real star of the recruiting show is Florida’s class for the following year, which sits atop the rankings for 2019.

The Gators’ presently five person ‘19 class (which, as noted, might actually be a six person class?) is currently holding down the No. 1 spot. There are still two years left until those recruits sign, but you have to be pleased with Florida’s present progress for 2019.

Florida hosted more than 30 recruits this past weekend, and landed commitments from a handful of visitors, with several of those prospects seeming pleased with the Gators’ pitch to them and with the team’s Orange & Blue Debut. Despite a not terribly eventful Friday night event, Florida came away with several commitments and some positive buzz from recruits in attendance.

There is a long way to go still before either the 2018 or 2019 classes sign, but it is always good to pick up a bit of momentum on the recruiting trail.

As always, this Weekly Open Thread is for any and all comments on any and all topics, with the rules of commenting decorum still in full effect.