What work remains for Gators, Dawgs toward 2020 signing class?

What work remains for Gators, Dawgs toward 2020 signing class?

With the early signing period in the books, teams have had a chance to take a deep breath, play their bowl games and look to finish off the recruiting season with signing day in February.

Both Florida and Georgia are putting the finishing touches on what should be top-10 recruiting classes in 2020.

Here is a look at where both the Gators and the Bulldogs sit with a month to go before national signing day in February.


What happened during the early signing period: Florida received 21 letters-of-intent back in December which included signatures from four-star quarterback Anthony Richardson from Gainesville, four-star defensive tackle Gervon Dexter from Lake Wales and four-star linebacker Derek Wingo from Fort Lauderdale.

Work left to do: The Gators have a good class along the lines of scrimmage, but Florida would like to add a few more skill position players on offense.

Targets to watch: Four-star wide receiver Xzavier Henderson out of Miami is the brother of C.J. Henderson who spent the last three years in Gainesville and is now off to the NFL Draft. Henderson is announcing his commitment on Saturday, January 4 and the thought is either Florida or Clemson with Florida picking up some steam late.

Four-star safety Avantae Williams from Deland de-committed from Oregon on December 11 and the Gators are considered one of the favorites to land him. Williams is expected to visit Gainesville in late January. Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss and Oregon are also in the mix.

Commitments that have yet to sign: Four-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel from Ocala, four-star athlete Marc Britt from Miami and four-star offensive lineman Jovens Janvier from Miami are all currently committed to Florida, but did not sign with the Gators in December. Manuel is the big one here because of the need for skill position players in this class. If Florida were to lose Manuel that would be a blow to a class already lacking for wide receivers.


What happened during the early signing period: Georgia landed 18 letters-of-intent in December including signatures from five-star athlete Darnell Washington from Las Vegas, five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman from Washington, D.C. and four-star offensive tackle Tate Ratledge from Rome, GA.

Work left to do: The Bulldogs are once again finishing off one of the top recruiting classes in America. At this point any signing for Georgia will be the cherry on top of what is already a top-five class nationally.

Prospects to watch: Four-star cornerback Kelee Ringo from Scottsdale, AZ. Ringo is considered to be the top cornerback prospect nationally from 247sports.com and Georgia is a big favorite to land another five-star recruit to this class.

Five-star tailback Zachary Evans from Houston is also a big Georgia lean. Evans, considered to be the top tailback nationally in the 2020 class, is also considering LSU and Texas A&M.

Commitments that have yet to sign: Two offensive linemen, five-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones from Lithonia, GA., and four-star center Sedrick Van Pran from New Orleans were the only two commitments that did not sign with Georgia back in December. Auburn put on a late charge with Jones and both Georgia and the Tigers will get a visit from Jones before signing day in February. As for Van Pran, Georgia still appears to be the clear leader here as signing day approaches.

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