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2018 3-star safety John Huggins commits to Florida

Dan Mullen’s third commit as head coach of Florida is a Daytona Beach defensive back.

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Dan Mullen got his third commit since being hired as Florida Gators head coach on Sunday. John Huggins (Daytona Beach) committed to the Gators, joining their class of 2018. Huggins announced his decision to commit and sign with UF on his Twitter account.

Huggins, listed at 6-feet, 200 lbs., currently attends Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. He ranks 77th among all Florida recruits in this recruiting cycle and is the nation’s 434th overall player. Among all safeties, Huggins ranks 32nd.

Prior to committing on Sunday, Huggins held offers from several other programs. Namely the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Florida State Seminoles (where he was previously committed) and UCF Knights. He also was offered by the Missouri Tigers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Miami Hurricanes. In the end, it’s Mullen who wrangles away the former ‘Noles commit from Tallahassee to Gainesville, which is a win, you’d say.

The Gators’ class is now up to 12 players, seven of which are from the Sunshine State with the addition of Huggins. Their class ranks 32nd in the nation and ninth in the SEC. They’ve taken a hit since Jim McElwain was fired, losing Matt Corral as well as JaMarr Chase, Jacob Copeland, Curtis Dunlap and Tyquan Thornton among others. However, everything’s a process, and you can only hope that Mullen and his staff work hard to bolster it. Getting Huggins on Sunday was a step in the right direction.