Jalen Julius quickly became one of America's hottest recruiting commodities this spring, collecting scholarship offers in bunches. The Sunshine State speedster opted to stay close to home with a commitment to Florida on Wednesday, per Orlando Sentinel reporter Chris Hays.
His decision gave the Gators a seventh pledge in the 2015 class as April came to a close.
"It feels good. I just got off the phone with head coach Muschamp," Julius told Hays. "I'm very excited to be a Florida Gator right now."
The 5'10.5", 170-pound Orlando product recently transferred to West Orange High School (Winter Garden, Florida). He starred at Evans High School as a junior, exhibiting elite athleticism in various capacities.
Julius contributed as a cornerback, running back and receiver, while playing a pivotal role on special teams.
He averaged more than six yards per carry and scored three touchdowns as a rusher in 2013, per the Sentinel. Julius also returned two kicks for scores.
Rated No. 38 nationally among cornerback prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings, his offer sheet also includes Ohio State, Auburn, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
The majority of offers arrived this year. Florida joined the race in late March.
His speed—documented at 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to the Sentinel—creates plenty of possibilities at the next level. Julius is expected to initially land in the defensive backfield.
Florida has compiled quite a haul at cornerback in recent months.
Marcus Lewis, a 4-star prospect from Washington, D.C., pledged to the Gators two weeks ago. Head coach Will Muschamp was able to flip 5-star 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor—another Washington, D.C. recruit—from Arizona just a few days before his early enrollment in January.
Julius already has high expectations for his upcoming career in Gainesville:
Jalen Julius tells me his 7 on 7 coach is in the Gator HOF and he wants to do the same. Julius said it means a lot to be a Gator.— Jason Higdon (@Jason_Higdon) May 1, 2014
He may also eventually help Florida land another in-state standout during this recruiting cycle. New high school teammate Dexter Williams, a Miami commit, may be swayed to take a closer look at Florida.
The 4-star running back is expected to spend time on campus with Julius in coming months, per 247Sports reporter Luke Stampini:
It remains to be seen whether the Gators can turn this into a package deal. At the very least, Florida has its hands on a dynamic threat who could make an impact in multiple roles.
The addition of Julius pushed Muschamp's 2015 class to No. 23 in 247Sports' composite team rankings. It rates 11th among SEC squads.
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