The 2018 calendar year ended strong for the Florida football program and 2019 is picking up where 2018 ended. In the last week Dan Mullen and the Gators have added commitments from two of their top remaining targets in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Meet the two newest members of the Gators class.
WR Arjei Henderson
The particulars: Henderson (6-foot-1, 183 pounds) is a four-star wide receiver from Richmond, TX (Fort Bend Travis).
The skinny: Henderson is considered to be among the top 25 wide receivers in the country and is also a top 150 overall prospect nationally in the 2019 class according to 247sports.com.
The recruitment of Henderson has been an interesting one to follow. At different times he has been committed to Oklahoma and Oregon, but de-committed from both. Henderson, an Under Armour All-American, committed to the Gators at the Under Armour All-American Game last week in a surprise.
Many thought he would commit once again to Oklahoma or head to Florida’s arch-rival Florida State, but Henderson announced his intentions to play in Gainesville. Henderson is the third wide receiver to commit to Florida’s 2019 recruiting class and is the highest-rated one by far.
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CB Chris Steele
The particulars: Steele (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco).
The skinny: Steele is among the top five corners in the country and is also a top 40 overall recruit nationally in the 2019 class according to 247sports.com. Steele committed and signed with the Gators over offers from LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina, USC and many others.
That Dan Mullen and the Gators were able to go out to California and get a player of Steele’s caliber is a huge recruiting win. Steele, committed to Florida at the Army All-American Game this past Saturday in San Antonio and he has already signed and enrolled.
Steele, who is currently the highest-rated member of the recruiting class, became the fourth player in the secondary to commit to the Gators for 2019.
The additions of both Henderson and Steele now have Florida ranked No.11 nationally in the 2019 recruiting rankings by 247sports.com.
Mullen not only landed two highly ranked prospects in the past week, he went to California and Texas to get them. If Florida can once again attract players from those talent-rich states to add to the homegrown talent, the sky will be the limit for what Mullen can do.
One thing is clear as we head into the final weeks until National Signing Day in February: the Gators have a lot of momentum coming down the stretch.
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