Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy cornerback Desmond Ricks introduced his dedication to Alabama over Florida and LSU in a signing day ceremony on Thursday.
Ricks shortly emerged as Florida’s No. 1 goal remaining at cornerback because the 2023 recruiting cycle neared its shut, after Lakeland (Fla.) Excessive’s Cormani McClain surprisingly dedicated to the Miami Hurricanes on Oct. 27.
Ricks, a Chesapeake, Va., native, reclassified to the 2023 class from 2024 on Oct. 22. He made a brief turnaround by trimming his checklist of desired faculties down to 3 on Nov. 3, together with the Gators, thanks primarily to cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond’s recruiting efforts.
“Coach Raymond is the rationale I am right here,” Ricks advised All Gators following his go to to campus in July for UF’s Grill within the Ville recruiting occasion. “Everyone else is having their cookout as we speak, however I made a decision to come back right here to see coach Raymond as a result of he is the most effective doing it … with him being identified for creating gamers.”
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Ricks would go on to formally go to Florida between Dec. 2-4, per week following an official journey to Alabama and per week earlier than an official journey to LSU. Ultimately, his trek to Tuscaloosa made the most effective impression.
Florida signed cornerbacks Dijon Johnson, Ja’Keem Jackson and Aaron Gates, safeties Jordan Castell and Bryce Thornton and nickel nook Sharif Denson as defensive again members of its 2023 recruiting class on Wednesday.
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