Saturday’s regular season finale for the Florida Gators brought an end to an era for the program: With seniors Josh Hammond and Tommy Townsend, each a younger brother of a former Florida player, each set to depart Gainesville for possible NFL careers, the Gators’ 40-17 rout of Florida State was likely the last time a Hammond or Townsend will suit up for the Gators in The Swamp.
But Florida won’t be without brothers in 2020 — and their next pair, former Texas wide receiver Jordan Pouncey and four-star 2020 defensive back Ethan Pouncey, also sport a familiar surname.
The duo announced their intentions to reunite at Florida in 2020 on Sunday through a Zach Abolverdi-directed video.
Of the two, it’s likely that Ethan is considered the bigger get at the moment. After a long recruitment that focused on Alabama, Auburn, and Texas, the four-star from Winter Park will bolster a Florida secondary that is likely to lose one or both of junior corners CJ Henderson and Marco Wilson to the 2020 NFL Draft. And his size and instincts — his highlight reel below, which does not include anything from his senior season, features two acrobatic picks and two break-on-ball pick-sixes in its first four plays — could make him a contender to contribute early.
But Jordan Pouncey was a highly-touted recruit in his own right when he chose Texas as a three-star wideout with an excellent offer list back in 2017, and his own high school highlights are nothing to scoff at — even though part of the reason he didn’t end up at Florida was his own scoffing at the coaching staff.
The elder Pouncey didn’t do much in his time at Texas, though, recording just two catches for 19 yards this season and not making any statistical mark in the two years prior. If he’s going to contribute on the field at Florida, those contributions will be essentially the first ones of his collegiate career.
But Florida could also use more bodies at wide receiver — period. The Gators will lose four seniors (Hammond, Tyrie Cleveland, Van Jefferson, and Freddie Swain) at the position this offseason, and could conceivably lose draft-eligible juniors Trevon Grimes and Kadarius Toney, too. After a year of Dan Mullen repeatedly praising those wide receivers for their unselfishness and leadership, it would also seem clear that Florida’s head man prefers a wide receiver room in which upperclassmen can serve as North Star-style examples to younger or less established players.
The younger Pouncey is Florida’s 21st recruit in its 2020 class, and that class currently sits at No. 10 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
And, yes, these Pounceys are related to those Pounceys, the formidable lineman duo of Maurkice and Mike who starred for the Gators in the late 2000s — but years-old reporting suggests that, despite being cousins, the younger Pounceys haven’t met their NFL veteran relatives.