Where Florida football lands in ESPN’s latest 2023 recruiting rankings

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The Florida Gators hold steady in ESPN’s latest 2023 recruiting rankings. Coming in at No. 18, the Gators dropped one spot from the last ESPN rankings. They are the sixth-highest SEC team behind Georgia (No. 4), Arkansas (No. 7), LSU (No. 8), Alabama (No. 9) and Tennessee (No. 10).

It’s important to note it’s still very early in the 2023 cycle. The 2022 season has not yet kicked off, and the early signing period over five months away.

The Gators’ class includes eight ESPN 300 commits, highlighted by a pair of in-state four-stars: Jacksonville native Sharif Denson (cornerback) and Tampa native Eugene Wilson III (athlete). The limited number of recruits plays a big part in the Gators’ ranking, especially with other SEC programs boasting double-digit ESPN 300 recruits (Georgia, 13; Alabama, 10).

The ranking comes on the heels of the Gators missing on four-star linebacker Malik Bryant out of Orlando. Bryant, who signed with Miami, is the latest blue-chip recruit to have Florida as a finalist but ultimately choose to go elsewhere. If Billy Napier and his staff want to rise in the recruiting rankings, they’ll need to start landing players like Bryant on a more consistent basis.

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