247 recruiting: 5 players with big potential for Florida’s 2018 class

By Nick MaberryUpdated Feb 08, 2019 09:51:50With their recruitment to Gainesville starting on Friday, 247Sports has taken a look at five players who are looking to jump from the JUCO ranks to the Florida Gators.

The list includes wide receiver Chris Jones, running back Rashawn Hall, offensive lineman Austin Gaskins, safety Michael Dyer and cornerback Josh Dorman.

Jones is the latest in a line of five players to join the Gators’ 2017 class as he enters his final season of eligibility.

Jones was ranked No. 14 nationally by 247Sports and No. 30 by Rivals.com in his first year as a JUco.

He led the team with 796 yards rushing and six touchdowns while recording eight interceptions.

He also added 972 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

Hall, who was one of the top linebackers in the country, had a breakout season in 2016.

The Florida native had 3,983 total yards on the year and led the nation in tackles (77) and sacks (19).

He also had 12 interceptions and five forced fumbles.

Hall also led the Gators with 714 total yards and 13 touchdowns on special teams.

Dyer led the JSUs defensive line with 16.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

Gaskin, a sophomore, had 7.5 career sacks and led Florida with seven pass breakups and four forced fumble recoveries.

Dyer also had a career year with 13.5 tackle for loss, three forced fumbling recoveries and six pass break ups.

Hall was one-half of the Gators best defense, with 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks.

He was also named the team’s defensive MVP.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Gaskyns athleticism has made him a fan favorite.

He is the son of former Gainesville High School quarterback Michael Gaskhin and is the grandson of former Florida head coach Tom Gaskinian.

He has also played in the NFL with the New York Jets and Denver Broncos.

Dyers speed and strength makes him a great fit at the position.

Dyers was a consensus four-star recruit by Scout.com.

He visited Florida for his final class and made a huge impression.

He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine.

His bench press was a blazing 4.38 seconds.

The former defensive back said he plans on transferring to Florida in 2017.

Hall was a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and 247Sports Composite.

He had the second-highest grade among Florida’s five recruits at 96.9.

The 6-foot, 225-pound receiver led Florida in receiving yards (1,076) and touchdown receptions (28).

Hall caught 59 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns while adding two touchdowns on kick returns.

Dymers speed and ability make him a potential starter at receiver.

Hall made the jump from JU to the JUPFC from the football program after his freshman season.

He recorded 71 receptions for 1,542 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He made his final appearance with the Gators at quarterback in 2017, completing 29 of 38 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns.

Hall had five interceptions and six fumble recoveries, while he also added four pass break-ups and one forced fumble.

Hall and Dyer have both been very productive in the JupFC and it was impressive to see them show off that skill set.

It shows that both of them can be productive receivers at the next level.

Gaskins is one of a few JUCo prospects that could be in line for a starting role in 2018.

He rushed for 1.97 yards per carry on the JMU team in 2017 and added five receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.

The junior linebacker finished his season with five tackles for losses and five pass break up, while his interception came on a fumble recovery.

Dies strength and speed make him an effective special teams player.

Dymers athleticism and size could also make him one of Florida’s best cornerbacks.

He played at cornerback for the Gators last season and recorded 45 tackles, four pass breakup and two forced fumblers.

The Gators secondary also had four interceptions.

Hall and Dyers have shown some off-the-field issues.

Hall committed to Florida last summer and it appears his decision was influenced by the coaching staff.

Hall said he is committed to playing football in the Gators program and is not concerned with what the coaching and staff have to say about his decision.