After a handful of sleepy weeks on the recruiting trail, the Florida Gators now appear to be wide awake and working hard.
A third commitment in four days — this one from Tampa-area corner Jordan Young on Sunday — only reinforced that perception. Young committed on an Instagram Live stream, giving Florida a fine capper to a week that had already included the Thursday commitment of Orlando-area safety Dakota Mitchell and the Friday re-recommitment of the mercurial Kamar Wilcoxson.
Young is a three-star prospect, and only barely the second-best of the two new Gators-to-be in the recruiting industry’s eyes, checking in at No. 381 in the 247Sports Composite to Mitchell’s No. 414. (Wilcoxson is a four-star prospect ranked No. 275 nationally.) But his 15-minute highlight reel — from a junior year the rising senior at Gaither High spent at Jesuit Prep — suggest a player with great instincts and surprising speed, one whose knack for being around the ball could lead to a flurry of interceptions.
And while Young’s status as a three-star is unlikely to thrill anyone blinded by those particular lights in recruiting, his commitment was also spun as a win over Alabama by Florida recruiting staffer John Herron...
...and there are obviously few, if any, better judges of secondary players than Nick Saban. If it’s true that Florida convinced Young to pick the Gators over the Crimson Tide, this commitment is likely to be viewed as a low-profile coup by many.
Young is Florida’s 20th commit in its 2021 recruiting class. That class currently ranks eighth nationally, with a recent bump for Oregon jostling it a spot downward in the 247Sports Composite national rankings.