The 2018 football season is about to kick off and Florida Gators fans can’t wait to see the boys out on the field in the orange and blue again. Coaching staff are excited too, but the recruiting grind never stops in the world of college football. Coaches have their eyes set on new players for the 2019 season and still have some spots that need to be filled. Here are some of the spots the Florida recruiting needs to fill for next year.
Right now, coaches need to keep their eyes out for linemen, both defensive and offensive. After the 2017 season, both sides of the line had major gaps that needed to be filled. Head coach Dan Mullen did a great job of filling those spots for this year, but the graduation of some players means they still have a job to do.
The offensive line is the position group that has struggled the most in the past few years. Mullen has already picked up 3-star offensive tackles Wardrick Wilson and Ethan White for 2019. However, these two won’t be enough to replace the five seniors on the line this year. These include Kavaris Harkless, Martez Ivey, Fred Johnson, Tyler Jordan and Andrew Mike. This will open up a lot of spots on the line. Coaches have their eyes on a few potential recruits, but until they get a commitment from them, the search goes on.
The rest of the offense won’t need as many new players, but Mullen is the kind of coach who always wants to have a backup plan and rightfully so.
On the defensive side of the line, the Gators will have to say goodbye to Cece Jefferson after this season. The defensive line is in better shape than the offensive, but it will still need help. They should look to look up about five guys to fill out the line for the coming years.