MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After a substandard year by University of Florida standards, Gators head coach Will Muschamp hit the road hard and held together a top 10 recruiting class.
As National Signing Day dawned Wednesday, Muschamp began to collect letters of intent from all parts of the country and all over the state of Florida.READ MORE: Celtics run past Heat 93-80, move 1 win from NBA Finals
All total, UF signed 23 players to national letters of intent.
The biggest signing early in the class was offensive lineman D.J. Humphries of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 6’5”, 265 pound offensive lineman was rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and has been committed to the Gators since last August.
The Gators loaded up on the defensive side of the ball by inking junior college defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, 6’4”, 290lbs; and Dante Phillips, 6’6”, 268lbs.READ MORE: South Florida family knows firsthand effects of nationwide baby formula shortage
Both were listed as four-star recruits by Rivals.com.
Possibly showing a sign of where the offense might be headed, the Gators signed two massive tight ends in the class, both of whom were rated as four-star players. Kent Taylor of Land O’ Lakes, Florida stayed home for the Gators and UF reached up to Warminster, Pennsylvania for 6’5”, 255lb Colin Thompson.
The Gators also stocked up on the defensive line by adding 6’4”, 255lb defensive end Jonathan Bullard from Shelby, North Carolina.
The five-star defensive end only recently committed to the Gators, but followed through on his verbal commitment Wednesday with his signed letter of intent.
One player whose name may ring a bell for Dolphins fans, Bryan Cox, Jr., son of former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, also signed with the Gators.MORE NEWS: South Florida woman's bout with COVID included hair loss: 'This isn’t normal shedding'
Cox played his high school ball for St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.