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Florida football recruiting: Four-star WR Jayden Gibson commits to Gators on CBS Sports HQ

Florida football recruiting: Four-star WR Jayden Gibson commits to Gators on CBS Sports HQ

Florida football recruiting: Four-star WR Jayden Gibson commits to Gators on CBS Sports HQ

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Jayden Gibson, a four-star wide receiver prospect in the Class of 2022, announced his commitment to Florida live Wednesday on CBS Sports HQ. Gibson chose the Gators over Baylor, Miami, South Carolina and Arkansas.

Gibson is tabbed as the No. 170 overall player in the Class of 2022 and the 26th-ranked wide receiver prospect. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, also plays basketball and runs track.

“It’s a great school,” Gibson told 247Sports. “It’s a place where I think I can grow both off the field and on the field. It’s a place where I feel like I can be an integral part of the program and the team. It’s also not a program that’s losing and trying to rebuild. It’s a program that has a solid, established culture that I can join and learn from. I’m so excited to just get up there and get started with them.”

Andrew Ivins, southeast recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on Gibson.

“Tall and skinny. Over 6-foot-4 making him one of the bigger wide receivers in the 2022 cycle,” Ivins wrote. “A true big-play threat that’s going to often times get second and third looks from quarterbacks because of his size and catch radius. Relatively coordinated athlete for someone with longer limbs. Has greatly improved how he releases at the line of scrimmage over the past 12 months. Tends to play a bit high at times, but understands how to attack and stack cornerbacks. Tracks the ball better than most once it’s in the air and is competitive at the catch point. Ran a ton of vertical routes as a junior, which didn’t provide many catch-and-run opportunities

“Was featured, however, as a return man on special teams and has also shown on the 7-on-7 circuit that he can weave his way through traffic while trying to work his way up the field. Will need to add functional strength as that will not only help him beat a press at the next level, but also block college-sized defenders. Must also get better at sinking his hips. Natural physical traits make him one of the more intriguing wideouts to come out of the Sunshine State in recent memory. Has progressed greatly in a short amount of time, but far from a finish product. Has the chance to develop into a multi-year contributor at Power 5 level and potentially a WR1 type if he keeps the right mindset and is able to add some mass to his lanky frame.”

Gibson had 32 catches for 744 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior last season while leading his West Orange to the 8A state playoffs. He is the 15th player to commit to the Gators during this recruiting cycle and the ninth, four-star prospect to make a pledge to Dan Mullen’s squad.

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