Head coach Billy Napier landed the first commitment of his significant bump class. A coach’s bump class is usually the best recruiting class he will have with a new school since it’s almost impossible for other schools to negatively recruit against him. He and Florida gained their first pledge in their 2023 recruiting class from three-star wide receiver Tyree Patterson.
The Eustis, Florida, native is ranked as the 571st overall prospect and as the 79th best player at his position, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Patterson, as of writing, only holds scholarship offers from the Gators, Liberty, Massachusetts and North Texas.
However, he hasn’t camped much, which plays a big factor in how prospects are ranked by recruiting services. He also had a junior season where he caught 53 passes for 1,078 yards and 13 touchdowns. Since it’s early in the cycle, Patterson could always see his stock rise. Sports Illustrated named Patterson as one of 12 prospects that impressed at the ESPN 300 Elite Underclassmen Camp.
It’s questionable why Napier and wide receivers coach Keary Colbert took his commitment in April, but Florida fans should relax as long as the Gators pair Patterson with a bunch of ballers like four-stars Hykeem Williams, Eugene Wilson, Tyler Williams and Aidan Mizell. The Gators plan to sign a deep wide receiver class this cycle.
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