The Florida Gators continue their recruiting roll they have seen in the month of June thus far. After landing two commitments already in June, Florida landed their third name in the class on Sunday when Tampa (Fla.) Gaither three-star cornerback Jordan Young pulled the trigger and committed to the coaching staff. The Gators extended an offer to Young last summer after he was able to camp with the coaching staff in June, and several members of the staff have remained in pursuit.
“Florida is cool and they haven’t stopped reaching out to me since they offered me,” Young said. “I talk with Coach [Torrian] Gray a lot and he’s really the main one who reaches out. Him, Coach [Dan] Mullen and Coach Rat [Keiwan Ratliff]. They reach out a lot. I talk with a lot of the staff, and that’s not something I do with a lot of places. I have a strong relationship with coach Gray.”
The Gators have been on a run of defensive backs committing, and the the 6-foot, 185-pounder brings versatility in the secondary that the staff has been high on, especially cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray and head coach Dan Mullen.
“They like how I play the game and how I am aggressive at defensive back and I can move. They like my attitude I play with and how I love to compete. They said all of those components stick out to Coach Mullen. I think that helps me with my game. They like that I am a football player and can move around back there.”
Young committed to UF over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss, and others. The Gators have long had a spot in Young’s heart as well as his family. With this commitment falling on fathers day, it’s made it a special tribute for Young.
“That is the dream school right there,” Young said of UF. “My dad also great up a Gator as well. It definitely hit me when that offer came. It’s close to home and they are DBU and I always enjoyed watching Florida and I really like Vernon Hargreaves when he was there too. They just always have interested me and I grew up watching them. Coach Gray is awesome and I liked their workout and he brings a new morale there.”
The Gators 2021 recruiting class now sits at 20 members to date. Prospects committed to the Gators currently in the 2021 cycle include: the newly minted commitment Young, Baltimore (MD) St. Frances Academy four-star cornerback Clinton Burton Jr., Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas four-star defensive end Tyreak Sapp, Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard four-star wide receiver Trevonte Rucker, Loganville (GA) Grayson four-star quarterback Carlos Del Rio, Sumter (SC) four-star defensive end Justus Boone, Winter Park (Fla.) three-star safety Dakota Mitchell, Orlando (Fla.) Jones three-star offensive tackle Javonte Gardner, Powder Springs (GA) McEachern four-star linebacker Chief Borders, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood four-star athlete Charles Montgomery, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson four-star wide receiver Daejon Reynolds, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson four-star tight end Gage Wilcox, Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal three-star tight end Nick Elksnis, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar three-star defensive end Christopher Thomas, Burleson (TX) three-star quarterback Jalen Kitna, and Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson three-star offensive tackle George Jackson, and Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley three-star offensive tackle Adrein Strickland. The Gators also see Junior College prospects Deyavie Hammond and Diwun Black as commitments as well this cycle as well.
The 247Sports Composite, an industry generated average, currently ranks Young as the Nation’s No. 381 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class.