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The addition of Elam is big for the Gators. His signing moved Florida's 2019 recruiting class to No. 9 overall in the latest ESPN.com and 247Sports.com rankings, a spot ahead of defending national champion Clemson's class.
Elam, listed at 6-1, 182, played at the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach. He was a two-way standout ranked the 48th overall prospect in the country by 247Sports. The nephew of former Gators All-American safety Matt Elam, Kaiir Elam played cornerback and receiver in high school.
Elam's announcement was broadcast live on ESPN.
"It's not a four-year decision, it's like a 40-year decision,'' Elam said. "That's why I felt comfortable. I just feel like that's where my family and I felt comfortable. I feel like Coach Mullen is building something special and I feel like I was a need."
As we wait for another top prospect to make his announcement this afternoon (you know who I'm talking about), a recent Gators signee won an award named after one of Florida's all-time greats.
Gainesville Buchholz receiver Trent Whittemore won the inaugural Scot Brantley Trophy, an award created by the Ocala Quarterback Club to honor a North Central Florida player who displays excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Other factors include leadership, athleticism, character, faith and goal orientation.
Whittemore starred at receiver and defensive back at Buchholz and signed with the Gators during December's early signing period.
"It means a lot to me to win this and I think it is really cool how they started this award in honor of Mr. Brantley, who is a legendary player in the area,'' Whittemore said. "It is a humbling thing to win it considering how many great players are in the area."
Brantley applauded longtime Gators chronicler Buddy Martin for helping drive the campaign in starting the award and Whittemore as the inaugural recipient.
"We've got the right guy,'' Brantley said.
For more on Whittemore being honored, check out this story from Ocala.com.
Gators fans erupted on social media this morning when Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons outside linebacker Khris Bogle announced he was signing with the Gators.
Bogle's National Letter of Intent has arrived and his addition should give the Gators the state's top recruiting class in 2019 and helped UF move into the top 10 of the national rankings.
Khris Bogle said he will play outside linebacker in coach Todd Grantham's defense in Gainesville. https://t.co/UMMEAxLPLX— (((Adam Lichtenstein))) (@ABLichtenstein) February 6, 2019
Bogle's decision came down to Alabama and Florida and his flip to the Gators is one of the biggest wins on the recruiting trail for Dan Mullen and his staff since they arrived in Gainesville.
"I just believe in Coach Mullen and what we have to get done at Florida now,'' Bogle told Adam Lichtenstein of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "When I went up there for my official visit, I enjoyed it. It was an unbelievable experience. And I just believe in him."
Listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Bogle is projected as an edge rusher and could factor into the mix following the departure of Jachai Polite. He visited the Gators along with another signee today, fellow linebacker Diwun Black.
When Bogle showed up for his National Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday morning, he carried a huge hint where he was headed.
Check out video of Bogle's announcement below:
Receiver Arjei Henderson is the second player to officially sign with the Gators this morning. His National Letter of Intent has arrived and been approved by UF compliance.
Henderson, out of Fort Bend Travis High in Sugar Land, Texas committed to the Gators at the Under-Armour All-America Game last month and adds depth at a position that includes another player from the Houston area: senior receiver Tyrie Cleveland.
Henderson had 38 receptions and six touchdowns as a senior.
As we wait for a certain player's National Letter of Intent to officially pass inspection, the Gators are moving up in the national recruiting rankings.
As with all rankings, these are subjective, but based on trends in the industry in recent years, 247Sports.com's composite database has become a leader in evaluating prep prospects.
With that said, the Gators are currently ranked 10th in 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Thanks to a question on Twitter asking when was the last time Florida finished in the top 10 on National Signing Day, I did some quick research on 247Sports.com.
Here is where the Gators have stacked up on National Signing Day this decade according to 247:
As you can see, Florida is trending in the right direction under second-year head coach Dan Mullen.
The Gators have added their first player on National Signing Day, one who has been a strong commitment to UF for a long time.
Linebacker Diwun Black has officially signed his National Letter of Intent after months of promoting the program on his social media accounts and showing his passion for the program to anyone who was paying attention.
Out of Forest, Miss., Black first developed a relationship with Gators head coach Dan Mullen when Mullen was at Mississippi State. Their mutual interest followed to Florida, where Black has visited on multiple occasions.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Black played in the 2019 All-American Bowl and in his final two seasons at Forest (Miss.) High, posted 159 tackles, 10 tackles for loss. He also had 12 interceptions as a sophomore.
More on Black later here on our blog.