The Florida Gators already signed the bulk of its 2023 recruiting class, and the haul is looking even better than expected after On3 provided its last update to its independent rankings, the On300.
Ten of Florida’s signees cracked the top 300 and five players made it into the top 100.
Again, this is On3’s independent rankings, which is used to reach the more commonly cited On3 consensus or 247Sports composite rankings. Those are aggregate scores that use different formulas depending on the site and are used more often because they help eliminate any one service’s individual bias.
Several of Florida’s signees participated in All-Star games and boosted their stock with good performances against some of the top players in the class. The two most notable were cornerback Ja'Keem Jackson and defensive lineman Kelby Collins, who each moved up over 50 spots to break into the top 50.
Here’s a look at where each Florida signee from the class of 2023 finished in the On300 rankings.
No. 32 WR Eugene Wilson III
[autotag]Eugene Wilson III[/autotag] is the highest-rated recruit in Florida’s 2023 class after earning five-star status. On3 has been hot on Wilson all year, consistently moving him up the rankings for nine months and finally bumping him into the final five-star spot. He should be the natural successor to [autotag]Ricky Pearsall[/autotag] at the slot after he departs for the NFL.
He’s the fourth-highest-ranked receiver in the class and the No. 7 player out of the state of Florida.
No. 40 CB Ja'Keem Jackson
Jackson rose 51 spots in the update to No. 40 overall after wowing during the Under Armour All-American Game and practices leading up to it. He’s still transitioning to full-time defensive back and is now ranked higher than Miami commit [autotag]Cormani McClain[/autotag] and LSU commit [autotag]Desmond Ricks[/autotag].
He’s the third-highest-ranked cornerback in the class and the No. 8 player out of the state of Florida.
No. 50 DL Kelby Collins
Collins was among the biggest risers in the update, jumping 80 spots to No. 50 overall. Every other major service has him in the top 100, so On3 is just catching up to speed here. Still, No. 50 is a good spot and only Rivals as him higher.
He’s the fifth-highest-ranked defensive lineman in the class and the No. 5 player out of the state of Alabama.
No. 54 DL Kamran James
Defensive lineman [autotag]Kamran James[/autotag] isn’t too far from Collins on the On300 at No. 54. At one point, he was ranked as high as the top 25, but On3’s experts have cooled off on him a bit. Still, he’s a top 60 recruit in the class and is No. 6 among defensive linemen in the class. He’s also the 12th-best player out of the state of Florida.
James was No. 39 before this update.
No. 67 IOL Roderick Kearney
Interior offensive lineman Roderick Kearney moved up three spots from No. 70 to No. 67 on the list and should find early opportunities at Florida. He was a strong performer at the All-American game and is Florida’s highest-rated offensive lineman in the cycle.
Kearney is the third-highest-ranked interior offensive lineman in the class and the No. 14 recruit out of the state of Florida.
No. 70 WR Aidan Mizell
[autotag]Aidan Mizell[/autotag] slipped a few spots from No. 59 overall to No. 70, but that will happen while recovering from an injury. Florida saw Wilson jump up thanks to a strong senior year, but Mizell has been dealing with an injury since Week 1 of the season in fall.
There’s nothing Mizell can do but prove the doubters wrong on the field once he’s healthy. He arrived on campus on time and is currently with the program.
No. 144 4-star S Jordan Castell
[autotag]Jordan Castell[/autotag] had been a steady climber over the last few months — he moved up five spots to No. 131 in November — but he dropped a bit in the final update to No. 144 after scouts got a closer look at him at the All-American game. Castell didn’t disappoint, per se, but he didn’t do enough to hold onto the spot he worked so hard to inch up to.
Still, Gators Online’s Corey Bender has said in the past that Castell is one of the more underrated prospects in the class, so maybe this is just par for the course for a future hidden gem.
No. 176 QB Jaden Rashada
Although he didn’t enroll for the spring semester, quarterback [autotag]Jaden Rashada[/autotag] is still signed with Florida for now. He slipped from No. 151 to No. 176 in the update after being Florida’s biggest riser in November, but he’s still Florida’s best opinion to land an elite quarterback in the cycle. If the Gators get him on campus in the end, they’ll have a solid signal caller to lean on while 2024 commit [autotag]DJ Lagway[/autotag] develops.
No. 208 CB Dijon Johnson
[autotag]Dijon Johnson[/autotag] was one of two big losers for Florida in the rankings update. He dropped nearly 60 spots and fell outside of the top 200. Napier raved about Johnson on signing day, and a change in ranking shouldn’t effect his plan for the incoming freshman too much.
No. 275 DL Will Norman
[autotag]Will Norman[/autotag] is the final Gator signee ranked inside the top 300. He turned heads at the Under Amour All-American game and saw a jump in ranking as a result. He might be a quick learner that finds playing time fast in Gainesville.
Outside the top 300
4-star EDGE [autotag]TJ Searcy[/autotag] (No. 29 EDGE, No. 32 GA)
4-star DL [autotag]Gavin Hill[/autotag] (No. 45 DL, No. 56 FL)
4-star WR [autotag]Andy Jean[/autotag] (No. 50 WR, No. 55 FL)
4-star OT commit [autotag]Caden Jones[/autotag] (No. 29 OT, No. 18 LA)
3-star S [autotag]Bryce Thornton[/autotag] (No. 40 S, No. 54 GA)
3-star CB [autotag]Sharif Denson[/autotag] (No. 58 CB, No. 78 FL)
3-star RB [autotag]Treyaun Webb[/autotag] (No. 43 RB, No. 93 FL)
3-star LB [autotag]Jaden Robinson[/autotag] (No. 50 LB, No. 96 FL)
3-star S [autotag]Aaron Gates[/autotag] (No. 59 S, No. 72 GA)
3-star IOL [autotag]Knijeah Harris[/autotag] (No. 81 IOL, No. 132 FL)
3-star [autotag]Bryce Lovett[/autotag] (No. 87 IOL, No. 134 FL)
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