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5:19 pm | Feb 7, 2018
Gators Finish Strong, Sign 6

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gators head coach Dan Mullen finished his National Signing Day press conference a short while ago.

Check out FloridaGators.com later for an in-depth recap story.

Overall, Mullen sounded pleased at the way Florida finished the last part of the day with a flurry, signing receiver Jacob Copeland, defensive lineman Malik Langham and offensive lineman Richard Gouriage late in the afternoon.

"It's been a crazy day,'' Mullen said. "Our coaches were grinding."

Check out Mullen's entire press conference and watch highlights on the final three players signed:

 

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11:49 am | Feb 7, 2018
Chatfield calls UF 'special place'

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- American Heritage linebacker Andrew Chatfield has officially filed his National Letter of Intent with Florida's compliance department.

Chatfield is the third official signee for the Gators today.

A 6-foot-2, 226-pound linebacker, Chatfield comes to UF from a winning program. He won back-to-back state titles at American Heritage and finished his prep career with 41 career sacks.

Chatfield, moments after is signing ceremony, said he considers UF "a special place" after several visits to campus.

Check out the interview here:

 

 

You can watch Chatfield in action in the highlight package below:

 


10:42 am | Feb 7, 2018
OL McDowell is official

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators have officially added their second player on National Signing Day in offensive lineman Griffin McDowell.

McDowell (6-4, 267) is from Leesburg, Ga., where he helped Lee County High to a state championship during his season season.

McDowell chose the Gators over Mississippi State.

 


9:38 am | Feb 7, 2018
Mullen on NSD outlook, coaching staff and more

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gators head coach Dan Mullen and his staff continue to wait on the final haul from today's National Signing Day.

Mullen took a moment to talk with Mitch Gerber of GatorVision a few minutes ago. The last time the two chatted someone started a rumor on the internet that Mullen punched Gerber. Once again, we were reminded you can't believe everything you read on the internet.

We can confirm no punches were thrown this time either as Mullen touched on the outlook heading into today, the coaching staff he assembled, and how offseason workouts are going.

Check out the interview below:

 


8:58 am | Feb 7, 2018
Gators sign Justin Watkins

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The first official National Letter of Intent has arrived for the Gators and it's from multi-purpose athlete Justin Watkins.

Watkins, a 5-foot-11, 172-pound star on offense, defense and special teams in high school, played at East Ridge High his senior season. Watkins played receiver, defensive back and running back during his prep career, which spanned over three schools.

He attended North Marion (Fla.) High as a sophomore, Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard as a junior and finally, East Ridge his senior season. Watkins is dangerous with the ball in his hands.

He returned four kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns in his prep career and rushed for 3,087 yards and 39 touchdowns. As a receiver, Watkins caught 42 passes and 11 touchdowns.

Watkins drew interest from Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Georgia and Clemson.

Check out his highlight tape here:

 


7:51 am | Feb 7, 2018
Inside look at Gators' Recruiting Headquarters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Lee Begley came with Dan Mullen from Mississippi State to serve as Florida's director of recruiting operations.

National Signing Day is a national holiday for those in college football who work all year on recruiting.

As you can see by Begley's Twitter page, she is ready to add another batch of baby Gators to the mix ...

 

 


7:35 am | Feb 7, 2018
Welcome back ... it's been a while

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The sun is rising on Round 2 of National Signing Day.

The Gators will unveil the newest members of their 2018 recruiting class today, adding to the 14 players who joined the program during the early national signing period Dec. 20-22.

Like last time, I'll be updating the blog throughout the day leading up to head coach Dan Mullen's press conference this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.

Check back soon ...