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Florida football recruiting: Gators land third commitment from Kamar Wilcoxson

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Is the third time the charm?

Gators coach Dan Mullen hopeful UF will play football in fall, but hurdles loom Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

In 2018, Kamar Wilcoxson committed to play football for the Florida Gators.

In 2019, Kamar Wilcoxson committed to play football for the Florida Gators.

And in 2020, Kamar Wilcoxson has once again committed to play football for the Florida Gators.

That’s the surprising result from the recruiting trail this Friday, with Wilcoxson — a four-star cornerback prospect who will attend IMG Academy this fall (if there is an actual fall school term, anyway) — flipping from Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class to Florida’s just under two months after committing to the Vols and just under three months after his second decommitment from Florida.

But while I wrote at that time that fans shouldn’t count on a second reunion with the Gators, Wilcoxson clearly remained in contact with Florida in the weeks since, and now holds the unique statuses of being both the first player to join Florida’s 2021 recruiting class in November 2018 and the 19th player in the class as of this Friday afternoon and being the first high school player in my memory to make three separate commitments to Florida.

Even wideout Demarcus Robinson, who famously decommitted from Clemson to commit to Florida twice, comes up a pledge short of Wilcoxson’s itinerary.

Wilcoxson hasn’t changed much as a player since then — he’s an athletic defensive back with potential at either corner or safety who drew interest from much of the SEC and held over two dozen Power Five scholarship offers. And his status in this recruiting classes will obviously be viewed as tenuous until a National Letter of Intent arrives with his signature and/or he enrolls in classes at the University of Florida.

But regardless of his roller-coaster ride of a recruitment, Wilcoxson has the talent to be a contributor at the SEC level. And so he can do as much maximizing of the leverage granted to him by that talent, whether fans like it or not.

Florida’s 2021 class, which also added safety Dakota Mitchell on Thursday, now ranks seventh in the 247Sports Composite team rankings for this year’s cycle.