Gators News: Five programs score on signing day bonanza

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It is that time of year again when the sports programs get an early start on signing their top recruits ahead of next season. For Florida, five programs were active on Wednesday, with the lacrosse team adding a whopping eight signatures, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams signed three and two, respectively, and men’s tennis and gymnastics both bringing in a top recruit. No sports were in action yesterday nor will any be today, so let us take a look at the newest members of the Gator Nation.

Men's basketball

The men’s basketball team added Malik Reneau, Denzel Aberdeen and Jalen Reed to its program on Wednesday when the trio signed their National Letters of Intent for the 2022-23 season. The three represent a consensus top-25 recruiting class for head coach Mike White, providing talent needed to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive Southeastern Conference.

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Lacrosse

The lacrosse team also got in on the signing day action, inking eight student-athletes for the 2022-23 academic year. Theresa Bragg, Kaitlyn Davies, Lara Kology, Gianna Monaco, Ava Tighe, Carly Wilson, Sydney Wilson and Jenny Woodings all signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, which includes a couple of top recruits.

Women's basketball

The women’s basketball team signed a pair of players as well — Frieda Bühner of Osnabrück, Germany, and Myka Perry of Normal, Oklahoma to the 2022 class. Both will begin their collegiate careers during the fall of 2022 for the 2022-23 campaign.

Men's tennis

The men’s tennis team added another talented player to an already deep roster with the signing of Jonah Braswell — the 12th-ranked recruit in the nation — for the 2022-23 season. The Sarasota, Florida native is a blue chip prospect ranked fifth in the state of Florida who trains at the prominent IMG Academy nearby.

Gymnastics

Finally, the gymnastics team also added a stud of its own to its stable of immense talent, signing World Championships’ all-around bronze medalist Kayla DiCello on Wednesday. DiCello traveled to Tokyo in July as a replacement athlete for the Summer Olympics and has been a member of the U.S. Senior National Team since 2019-20.

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