Florida football scored a huge coup on the recruiting trail last weekend when five-star defensive lineman LJ McCray committed to Billy Napier and the Gators.
ESPN’s Blake Baumgartner put together his five top plays from the prep ranks last week and included a pair of Gators commits, led off by McCray and his standout performance for Daytona Beach (Florida) Mainland.
“McCray, the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2024 class, is hours away from coming off the board, with the sixth-best defensive end in the cycle planning to announce his commitment Saturday afternoon,” Baumgartner noted.
“With Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Miami and Auburn all in play for McCray’s commitment, he helped Mainland High School’s (Florida) 22-0 win against Osceola High School (Florida) on Thursday. Led by McCray, the Buccaneers’ defense hasn’t been scored upon since Sept. 22 as the team has pitched three straight shutouts.”
— Jon Santucci (@JonSantucci) October 20, 2023
McCray is rated four stars and ranked No. 107 overall and No. 17 at his position nationally according to the 247Sports composite. The On3 industry ranking has him rated at five stars and ranked at Nos. 25 and 5, respectively.