So far, Saturday has brought news of two new commitments for the Gators, with the second pledge of the day belonging to 2019 American Heritage wide receiver John Dunmore. (2019 athlete Jashon Watkins committed earlier today, but his commitment is now in doubt.)
Dunmore considered committing to Florida after last night’s Orange and Blue Debut but decided to hold off until he was able to discuss his decision with family first. Dunmore announced his decision on Twitter, using an #AllBite19 hashtag...
...which is actually an amalgamation of Florida’s official recruiting class of 2018 hashtag (#AllBite18) and their 2019 class one (#Gata19). Hashtag semantics aside, Dunmore’s commitment was confirmed by Jim McElwain’s customary #ChompChomp tweet, which also signified his commitment being the second of the day.
(We seem to have resumed normal exclamation mark levels.)
As mentioned above, Dunmore was in Gainesville for yesterday’s Orange & Blue Debut. He also holds offers from West Virginia, Miami, Syracuse, and Florida A&M. Speaking of the Mountaineers, Dunmore has had a relationship with new Florida running backs coach, and former West Virginia running backs coach, Ja’Juan Seider, which helped the Gators land his commitment, along with UF’s proximity to home and its academics.
Dunmore is currently not rated by the 247Sports Composite, but is slotted as the No. 28 overall player in the state of Florida for 2019, and No. 31 receiver in the nation for that class. The 6’3” 170-pound Dunmore attends American Heritage — but the one in Delray, not the one in Plantation, which incoming 2017 recruits Marco Wilson and James Houston also attended.
The big, physical receiver’s sophomore season highlights are below:
Dunmore’s commitment gives Florida four such pledges in the last two days, and makes him either the fifth or sixth member of the Gators’ 2019 recruiting class, depending on the legitimacy of Watkins’s pledge. He joins fellow commits Tyrique Stevenson (DB), and previous commitments Jaleel McRae (S), Jaqauze Sorrells (DT), and Frank Ladson (WR) in the CURRENTLY NUMBER ONE RANKED RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2019.
That’s right: Florida, with six commitments, is presently on top of the 2019 class ranking standings, according to 247Sports. Even without Watkins, whose lack of a rating means he does not count toward or against Florida’s 2019 class ranking in the 247Sports Composite, Florida is No. 1 in those rankings.
There is quite a long way to go until the 2019 recruits actually sign, but if the Gators could stay ranked there, or even near there, that would be quite a feat for Jim McElwain and company.