Billy Napier and his recruiting staff have put together the third-best class in the 2024 cycle so far, according to ESPN, but there’s always room to add more talent.
ESPN staff writer Craig Haubert took on the task of identifying each top-25 team’s biggest need and figures the Gators could stand to land a commitment from another quarterback. Haubert’s well aware of DJ Lagway, but Florida’s quarterback situation has been so volatile over the past few seasons that adding depth is a necessity.
“The Gators lost Anthony Richardson to the NFL, dismissed Jalen Kitna and saw 2023 ESPN 300 QB Jaden Rashada get out of his letter of intent and enroll at Arizona State,” wrote Haubert. “They responded by adding Graham Mertz in the transfer portal and signed promising three-star QB Max Brown, along with a pair of walk-ons. But if the addition of Mertz goes as planned, he’ll likely leave after the season.”
If Mertz moves on, the Gators would be one injury or transfer away from a tough position at quarterback. Bringing in a project player behind Lagway could prove smart, especially if something happens with Brown or Jack Miller II.
Adding a quarterback this late in the cycle is easier said than done, though. There are three uncommitted signal-callers on ESPN’s list of recruits, and Napier has already proven himself willing to go to the transfer portal to fill depth at the position.