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The Florida Gators are competing with the Miami Hurricanes to land highly-touted recruit Navaughn Donaldson. Find out the latest details of that process.
The Florida Gators football team has begun to make significant strides on the recruiting trails. Commitments aren’t as contractually binding as they might seem, but Florida has succeeded in signing a number of four-star and three-star recruits.
Though the odds aren’t in the Gators’ favor, Florida remains in the hunt to land Miami Hurricanes commit Navaughn Donaldson.
Donaldson is a four-star offensive lineman out of Miami, Florida. He committed to his hometown Hurricanes roughly a year ago, but Florida recently hosted him at Senior Day—the day the Gators defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 20-7 at The Swamp.
According to Andrew Spivey of Gator Country, head coach Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Mike Summers stressed to Donaldson that he’d have an opportunity to play early in Gainesville.
“Coach McElwain told me that it was a good time for me to come in and start early,” Donaldson said. “He was telling me that they need tackles in this class and I noticed it as well.”
“I had good talks with Coach Summers and he was telling me that I would be able to learn the playbook easy because they run a lot of similar plays as we do in high school,” he said. “He said it would make the transition easier and that I was needed at tackle.”
Donaldson continued, per Spivey:
“I have a good relationship with both of those guys,” Donaldson said. “We don’t always talk about football but we do talk about me coming in and playing early.