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4-7, 5th in SEC - East

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Athlete Justin Watkins committed to Florida on Saturday. The No. 17 ranked prospect overall took a visit to Florida and announced his commitment on Twitter. Watkins is now the highest ranked commit in the class for the Gators, three spots ahead of quarterback Emory Jones. With Watkins on board, Florida now has eight ESPN 300 commitments in the 2018 class.

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3dHeather Dinich

CFP selection committee appoints Lott, 5 more

Ronnie Lott, a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been appointed to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

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Injured Florida safety Harris declares for draft

Marcell Harris, the Florida safety who tore his right Achilles tendon in late July and missed all of last season, is forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering the NFL draft.

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9dTom VanHaaren

Gators signee has heart condition, can't play

Randy Russell, a defensive back who enrolled at the University of Florida just days ago, was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and will no longer play football.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida is going the young route and is hiring former Mississippi State graduate assistant Christian Robinson to coach its linebackers. Robinson, who is 27, played LB at Georgia with current Florida DC Todd Grantham serving as his DC. He also helped coach Mississippi State's LBs last year with Grantham as the DC. Robinson replaces Tim Skipper on staff. Robinson is considered by some to be a "rising star" in the profession. One SEC coach told me of Robinson: "In five years, everyone will be like 'Wow,'" when it comes to his coaching ability.

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17dTom VanHaaren

These top recruits will be instant-impact freshmen

Some teams, such as Florida, are in desperate need of a QB, and in steps ESPN 300 Emory Jones, while playoff contenders such as Georgia and Clemson have stars to replace. These freshmen should help.

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17dTom VanHaaren and Gerry Hamilton

Hot board: Under Armour All-America game

Which schools will land pledges from Under Armour All-Americans Anthony Schwartz, Tyreke Smith, Jayson Oweh and Nikolas Bonitto?

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Made the New Orleans Way (0:35)

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN wide receiver Jacob Copeland said he's visiting Texas A&M on January 20, Alabama on Jan. 26 and Florida before signing day.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 linebacker Quay Walker is committed to Alabama, but did not sign during the early signing period. Walker says he is visiting Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn before making his final decision.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 wide receiver Anthony Schwartz is the No. 68 ranked prospect overall. He's scheduled to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America game and is down to Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

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27dESPN Recruiting

Midterm football recruiting class grades

The first early signing period is in the books. With almost seven weeks until national signing day, some grades are incomplete, but here's how teams have fared.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Ohio State WR Trevon Grimes is transferring to Florida. The former 2017 ESPN 300 member played in two games as a freshman -- catching three passes for 20 yards -- before leaving the team and returning to his home in South Florida because of a family matter. Grimes is expected to apply for a family hardship waiver in order to play immediately in 2018.

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30dGerry Hamilton

Winners and losers from the early signing period

Georgia is on top of the class rankings, so the Bulldogs are clear winners from the early signing period. Who else won, and who struggled on the trail?

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30dTom VanHaaren

New coaches earn mixed results in early signing period

Coaches who took over at new schools had a tough task getting rolling before the early signing period. Some, including Chip Kelly and Dan Mullen, have survived, while others have a lot of work to do to salvage their classes.

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Florida lands dual-threat QB in Jones (3:45)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

It's no surprise Dan Mullen's press conference focused almost exclusively on the signing of quarterback Emory Jones. He's as important a player Florida has signed in years. To flip him from Ohio State and hold off Florida State late says a lot about the work Mullen and staff did in a crunched window.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Dan Mullen said he remains in favor of an early signing date even though he had a short window to sign players. "I like it. We were put in a tough situation this year but I do like having the opportunity to have an early signing period," Mullen said. "These guys knew they wanted to be Gators, why extend it out another six weeks? I'm in favor. I wouldn't have minded another week or two, but moving forward in the future there are benefits to having an early signing day."

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Dan Mullen on the importance of holding off other schools to sign four-star quarterback Emory Jones, whom they flipped from Ohio State. "Those are the expectations here. That's maybe the first but certainly not the last. The guys we're going after, they're going to have a lot of different opportunities to go to great schools across America. We're going to be in a lot of those recruiting battles in the future."

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Food plays integral role in recruiting (3:49)

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