The Florida Gators’ offensive line has been one of their downfalls for the past few years. The amount of attention paid to the line has been lacking, and Gators fans have high hopes that offensive-minded coach Dan Mullen will be the guy to change that. So far, his recruiting has proven that he is putting in the effort to repair Florida’s broken line.
In 2019, Florida has three new offensive linemen joining the team. They are offensive tackles Wardrick Wilson and Ethan White and offensive guard Riley Simonds.
Wilson is a 4-star recruit out of Opa Locka, Florida. He has the potential to see some playing time at left guard behind Jawaan Taylor. We don’t expect him to get the start his first year, but playing behind Taylor for two years, he will be able to get some experience at the position at a collegiate level and perfect his game. He could also line up on the right side, but he has a better chance of getting a start at left because the Gators will likely start Stone Forsythe at right tackle.
Ethan White is in the same position as Wilson. White is a 3-star recruit out of Clearwater, Florida. It might be wise of White to redshirt his first year so that he could get an extra year of eligibility and have a better chance of getting a start during his time at Florida.
Riley Simonds is a 3-star guard out of Buford, Georgia. In the 2019 class, he is ranked as the number 18 guard in the country. In 2018, we expect to see Kavaris Harkless and Nick Buchanan get the starts at the guard positions. Harkless will be in his last year of eligibility in 2019, so we expect to see Simonds on the depth chart behind him. Buchanan will have two years of eligibility left when Simonds gets to Florida, so it’s likely that Simonds will get a start at guard early in his career at Florida depending on his performance his first year.