Florida football just picked up a big win on the recruiting trail, landing four-star wide receiver Justin Watkins.
247Sports ranks Justin Watkins No. 115 overall in the class of 2018. The Clermont native is the No. 23 player in talent-rich Florida.
He is also the No. 21 wide receiver in the class. Florida’s class only has two players ranked higher at the moment.
This isn’t the first commitment that Watkins has made in this recruiting cycle. Far from it, in fact.
On February 25, 2017, Watkins backed away from the Seminoles, flipping to the Texas Longhorns. He decommitted from Texas on June 25.
In November, he took an official visit to LSU, and he checked out Alabama in December. On Friday, he made his way to Gainesville, and that is where he gave his pledge to Dan Mullen today.
Reports broke this evening that he had committed to Florida. Watkins officially announced it himself on Twitter.
— justin watkins (@laamar_05) January 21, 2018
He kept things relatively brief. Here is the full note from Twitter:
“I just want to thank God for all the opportunities you’ve blessed me with and to my family, friends and coaches that was here along the way thank you I am officially A GATOR #Allbite18”
With his pledge, Florida now has 15 members of the 2018 class. It will be Mullen’s first as head coach, after coming over from Mississippi State.
The class is ranked No. 15 overall, and No. 5 in the SEC. Eight members are already enrolled at UF, while five more signed their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.