The Florida Gators had gone a full three days and some hours without landing a commitment by the time Friday night rolled around. But then 2019 athlete Ja’markis Weston of Clewiston had to go and join the Gators’ No. 1 recruiting class.
Helpfully, Weston also tweeted an edited highlight video that inexplicably begins with him catching five-yard routes in shorts at a camp before segueing into him hauling in deep passes as a wide receiver, the position Florida reportedly wants him to play.
Weston is unranked in the 2019 class by the 247Sports Composite, but does have good size for a wide receiver at 6’3” and 185 pounds, and his more extensive highlights are long, friends, clocking in at over 12 minutes of footage. Weston held just a few other offers, but one of them was from Tennessee — which, in the form of wide receivers coach Kevin Beard, a former Miami player and assistant, has a position coach who knows the talent in South Florida pretty well.
Weston is Florida’s 12th commit for the 2019 cycle, and the Gators remain on top of the 247Composite team rankings for that year. Florida is also the only program nationally with more than 10 commitments from players in the 2019 class.
And, finally, Weston is Florida’s 10th commitment since the July 18 commitment of offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap, Jr., once again bringing the Gators close to an average of a commitment per day over the final fortnight of July 2017.