The Florida Gators landed their biggest commitment to date in the 2021 class when Miami (Fla.) Palmetto five-star cornerback Jason Marshall pulled the trigger. In what should be considered a bit of a surprise pick, Marshall chose the Gators over other finalists Alabama, LSU, Miami, and Oregon.
Marshall was a top target for the Gators on the trail this cycle and they have been pressing hard for him since his sophomore year. Recently things seemed to be trending Miami’s way in this recruitment, with a string of 247Sports Crystal Ball’s going in for for the South Florida defender. However, it was his longstanding ties with the Florida staff that won out and eventually landed Marshall in the Gators class.
“They really just kept it real with me since they offered me my sophomore year and since then I grew relationships with coach [Dan] Mullen, coach [Brian] Johnson, and coach [Torrian] Gray.”
The Gators have continued to focus on adding help to their defensive secondary through the recruiting trail, and they have numerous upperclassmen on the roster this coming season. With departures expected, Florida’s pitch is that Marshall can see the field early.
“They have said that to me and that it’s possible that I can come in and have early playing time,” Marshall said. “I think I can fit their defense because of the techniques they play and the style of the defense.”
The Gators 2021 recruiting class now sits at 24 members to date and Marshall is now the crown jewel of this class. Prospects committed to the Gators currently in the 2021 cycle include the newly minted Marshall along with Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas four-star defensive end Tyreak Sapp, Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard four-star wide receiver Trevonte Rucker, Loganville (GA) Grayson four-star quarterback Carlos Del Rio, Sumter (SC) four-star defensive end Justus Boone, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian four-star wide receiver Marcus Burke, Canonsburg (PA) Peters Township four-star safety Donovan McMillon, Winter Park (Fla.) three-star safety Dakota Mitchell, Orlando (Fla.) Jones three-star offensive tackle Javonte Gardner, Powder Springs (GA) McEachern four-star linebacker Chief Borders, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood four-star athlete Charles Montgomery, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star defensive back Kamar Wilcoxson, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson four-star wide receiver Daejon Reynolds, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson four-star tight end Gage Wilcox, Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal three-star tight end Nick Elksnis, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood three-star defensive tackle Desmond Watson, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar three-star defensive end Christopher Thomas, Tampa (Fla.) Gaither three-star cornerback Jordan Young, Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic offensive center Jake Slaughter, Burleson (TX) three-star quarterback Jalen Kitna, and Lynn Haven (Fla.) Mosley three-star offensive tackle Adrein Strickland, and Lake Mary (Fla.) long snapper Rocco Underwood. The Gators also see Junior College prospects Deyavie Hammond and Diwun Black as commitments as well this cycle as well.
Below is 247Sports player evaluation on Marshall:
Has the looks of a new-age cornerback given his length. Some muscle has already developed in the upper body, but no where near close to being maxed out. A natural athlete with a bounce to his step which likely stems from his basketball background. Tracks the ball extremely well and doesn’t seem to have a problem flipping his hips while running in coverage. Excels on defense, but also makes an impact on offense and can score via the return game. Is physical at times, but hasn’t been asked to press much in high school. Plays fast for his size, but top-end speed a question mark. Should develop into a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level and projects as a potential Day 2 draft pick.
The 247Sports Composite, an industry generated average, currently ranks Marshall as the Nation’s No. 29 overall prospect in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 2 ranked cornerback this cycle.