When Billy Napier assembled his staff at the University of Florida, he said that he wanted to prioritize recruiting. Twenty commitments into the class of 2023 and one class of 2024 four-star verbally pledge to the Orange and Blue, it’s safe to say that Napier was successful, and the numbers back it up.
Co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Sean Spencer is ranked No. 7 on the 247Sports 2023 football recruiter rankings, and Keary Colbert is ranked No. 11, which is good for the second-highest placement of any wide receivers coach on the list.
Spencer has been the primary recruiter on five of Florida’s commitments and has played a secondary role in the recruitment of two others. He’s directly responsible for the additions of No. 70 Kelby Collins, No. 145 Will Norman, No. 205 Isaiah Nixon, No. 218 Kamran James and four-star Gavin Hill. Despite the battery of four-stars committed to Florida thanks to Spencer, he ranks fourth among defensive line recruiters in the country. Clemson‘s Nick Eason, Notre Dame‘s Al Washington and Alabama‘s Freddie Roach are all ranked above Spencer in ascending order.
Still, it’s clear that coach Chaos’ stint in the NFL paid off, and he’s once again at the top of the recruiting game. Florida has the potential to bring in the strongest defensive line classes in the upcoming cycle, assuming all commitments put pen to paper during one of the signing periods.
Colbert has been the primary on five recruits as well, all of whom will play receiver for UF. No. 78 Aidan Mizell leads the group and should be paired with No. 142 Eugene Wilson III to do some damage. Four-stars Andy Jean and Creed Whittemore round out the blue-chip names in the class and three-star Tyree Patterson adds some depth to the class. And there’s potential to add more receivers to the group.
The only other receivers coach ranked higher by 247Sports is Ohio State‘s Brian Hartline, who has brought in four recruits that average a 96.48 grade. The next receivers coach on the list is Texas’ Brennan Marion at No. 20 and three commits under his belt.
Florida’s other co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Patrick Toney is ranked No. 31 and the only other Gator inside the top 100. Cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond should be next to break that threshold if he can add one of his high-profile targets. Currently ranked No. 101, adding either four-star Dijon Johnson or five-star Cormani McClain should do the trick for Raymond.
Outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson is ranked No. 111, offensive coordinator and offense line coach Rob Sale is ranked No. 188, inside linebacker coach Jay Bateman is No. 190, tight ends coach William Peagler is No. 240 and running backs coach Jabbar Juluke rounds out the group at No. 338 on the list. Assistant offensive line coach Darnell Stapleton received secondary credits for four commitments and ranks No. 259 as well.
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