Gator football recruiting is on the rise and with some notable departures in recent years.
Some of the more notable players leaving the program include QB Jake Browning, WR Trevon Thompson, OLB Nick O’Leary and WR Kasey Lunsford.
But as of now, the most notable is quarterback Jake Browner.
He’s set to turn pro after his junior season, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the Gator’s 2018 class is a done deal.
Here’s a look at the latest and most notable Gator prospects to watch for 2018:QB Jake Brownback, Missouri: The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Browner was a first-team All-American and All-SEC pick in 2018 after throwing for 2,624 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
He has been a Gator all-conference selection and the Gators’ second-leading rusher (1,738 yards) and had his best season last year.
He started the 2017 season on the outside with a shoulder injury, but played in all 13 games and averaged 7.5 yards per attempt with four touchdowns.
QB Trevon Smith, Florida State: Smith was a three-star recruit who was expected to join the Seminoles’ 2017 class.
However, Smith committed to the Seminole’s 2020 class and signed with the Gophers last month.
Smith is a four-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in Florida and has made multiple trips to the Rose Bowl.
RB J.D. Walton, Alabama: The 5-11, 180-pound Walton was a four time All-ACC pick and a consensus top 10 recruit by 247Sports in 2018.
He went to Alabama in 2018 and has already committed to LSU in 2019.
He will be a sophomore this fall and is expected to be a starter for the Tide.
TE Chris Jones, Texas A&M: Jones was a top 10 recruiting prospect for the Aggies in 2018, and he is the third-leading receiving target behind star running back Dalvin Cook and quarterback Jameis Winston.
He is ranked as a three time All SEC selection.
QB Nick Oates, Kentucky: The 4-star quarterback is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the 2018 class.
Oates threw for 4,619 yards and 26 touchdowns with 11 interceptions as a freshman in 2018 before he committed to Georgia in 2020.
He also has four years of eligibility remaining.
OLB Kaseys Lunsfall, Missouri State: Lunsfell is a 6-5 big man who went to the Gopher football program in 2017.
He was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and a five-star in 2019 and will turn pro in 2020 after the season.
LB Darryl Jones, Kansas: The 7-1, 238-pound Jones was considered a top 25 recruit in 2019 before committing to Missouri State in 2020, which is good news for the Jayhawks.
LB Trevon Williams, Kentucky State: Williams is a five star recruit who is ranked in the Top 40 and the No 5 outside linebacker in the 2019 class.
He had a breakout year in 2018 for the Wildcats, rushing for 1,835 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
LB Jordan Matson, Georgia Tech: The former five-stars recruit is a two time All Pac 12 selection.
He broke out as a sophomore with 671 tackles with five sacks and two forced fumbles.
LB Brandon Marshall, Florida: The senior Marshall is a six-star, who was a unanimous All-Pac 12 pick in 2019 after recording 69 tackles with six sacks.
He became a Gopher in 2020 and has committed to Michigan.
LB Chris Jones II, Texas: The four-time Gator was a consensus four-year starter and a three year starter at the defensive end position.
He earned All-America honors for his performances in the spring and helped lead the Red Raiders to a 27-6 record in 2019, including a 7-5 mark in SEC play.
LB J.J. Swearinger, Alabama Tech: Swearings first game in the Crimson Tide’s uniforms was on March 9 against LSU.
He played in 11 games and led the Crimson Cots defense with seven sacks.
LB Deionte Thompson, Texas Tech: Thompson is a consensus five-year starting defensive end.
He finished with 25.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks as a senior.
He helped lead Tech to a 12-3 record in 2020 as well as a 9-4 mark in 2019 with 12 sacks.
OL Tyquan Jones, Alabama State: Jones is a three star recruit with 247Sports as the top defensive tackle in the 2020 class.
Jones was an All-Southland Conference selection in 2019 as a four star defensive end and he was a five stars defensive end in 2020 at Alabama State.