Florida received the commitment of 2019 South Dade defensive back Tyrique Stevenson this morning. The news was first tweeted by 247 Sports’ recruiting insider Ryan Bartow, who had this to say about the Gators’ pickup:
Outstanding four-star caliber get for the #Gators. One of the top DBs instate for next cycle.— Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) April 7, 2017
And was confirmed by Jim McElwain’s customary #ChompChomp tweet.
#ChompChomp!!!!!!! #GATA19— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) April 7, 2017
That’s a lot of exclamation marks. #GATA19, y’all.
Stevenson calls Florida his “dream school” and notes that he had been following the Gators closely since he was in sixth grade. The Homestead native was recruited by new Florida defensive backs coach Corey Bell, who knew of Stevenson from his time at FAU. Stevenson should be in attendance tonight for Florida’s Orange & Blue Debut.
The 6-foot 175-pound Stevenson is not yet rated by 247 Sports but is the nation’s No. 21 athlete and No. 27 overall prospect in Florida for 2019, according to that site’s rankings. You can check out Stevenson’s sophomore season highlights on Hudl.
For those who have been concerned with Florida’s early returns in recent recruiting cycles, it may please you to know that Stevenson’s commitment gives the Gators four current commits for the 2019 class. Stevenson joins safety Jaleel McRae, defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells, and wide receiver Frank Ladson in the class, which is currently ranked No. 2 for that cycle.