Allbite 2018 Recruiting Class: Defensive Edition.

Andrew Chatfield – 4 Star WDE/OLB : Originally committed to Ohio St, Andrew Chatfield has been a player Florida has always had their sights on. After de committing from Ohio St back in August of 2017 Florida seemed like a sure destination for Chatfield. However with the coaching change other schools started gaining Chatfields attention. One of the schools being the Miami Hurricanes. With Miami making a big push for Chatfields commitment it still wasn’t enough. Chatfield began to develop great relationships with the new staff, continued to bond with the current players, and eventually sign with the Florida Gators.

Strengths: While currently 6’2 240 pounds Chatfield shows pure aggression and a consistent motor to finish plays. As Chatfield adjusts to collegiate football he’ll be asked to play more of a OLB roll. However, with Florida running a 3-4 defense that fits Chatfield perfectly. While taking a look at his film, Chatfield makes plays all over the field. During his years of playing high school football he posted mind-blowing numbers. During his junior year he finished the season with 21 sacks. Also adding 47 solo tackles while assisting on 37 more. All in all finishing the season with 84 tackles while only playing 14 games. Chatfield wasn’t finished, he came back for his senior campaign with more to prove. During his senior season he finished with 14 sacks, 92 total tackles, and even added 2 interceptions to his impressive film.

Player Comparison: Getting Andrew Chatfield was an enormous pickup, with the current depth at OLB Florida needs someone who can come in day one and make an immediate impact. Going off film Chatfield reminds me a lot former Florida Gator and current Jacksonville Jaguar star Dante Fowler. Even though Fowler is genuinely used as DE now, during his collegiate days he played a mix of DE and OLB. Both players have similar builds and playing styles as you can see below. Going off film study and stats Gator fans should be really excited about Andrew Chatfield.

 

Malik Langham – 4 Star DE: Viewed as an underrated prospect throughout the early stages of his recruiting process, Langham blew up on the during the season and became one the nations best defensive ends. The Huntsiville, Alabama native was viewed as a Crimson Tide favorite during majority of his recruitment. However with the new staff in play at Florida they made sure Langham was a definite priority.

Strengths: At 6’5, 255 pounds Langham has all the makings of being a dominate defensive lineman. As a lineman Langham shows strong hands on getting off pass blockers. While playing the edge rusher, Langham gets off the ball very well showing elusive passing rushing techniques. During his senior season Langham finished out with 77 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and also 9 sacks.

Player Comparison: Malik Langham has a huge upside and could definitely make an impact his freshman year. Taking a look at Langham’s film he has a lot of Dawuane Smoot in his game. Dj Smoot who currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, had some very productive years at the University of Illinois. Both Langham and DJ have similar builds, and also show the same tenacity of getting after the ball. With all that being said I believe Malik Langham will have a fantastic career in Gainesville.

Trey Dean – 4 Star DB: Previously committed to the Tennessee Volunteers during the early process of his recruitment, Trey Dean decided to de commit and join Florida’s class on early national signing day. Dean had a very productive year on both sides of the football, however he fits better on defense. The Hampton, Georgia native became a huge priority in Florida’s recruiting class when his main recruiter from Tennessee (Charlton Warren) got hired on to staff as the new defensive backs coach. Dean was viewed as one of the best defensive backs in the country while getting many accolades, including an invite to the Under Armour All-America Game. After signing on Early National Signing Day, Dean decided to become early enrollee and is currently participating in spring workouts.

Strengths: At 6 foot 3, 184 pounds Dean has all the intangibles to play corner and free safety. The defensive staff will most likely have Dean playing corner because of his long and lean build. Dean shows great instinct when guarding opposing wide outs by himself. He also shows a great sense of toughness when tackling in the open field. During the UA practices many reports came out to say that Dean really impressed coaches with his versatility , competitiveness , and his advanced football IQ.

Player Comparison: Trey Dean has the potential of being one of the best defensive backs to come through Florida. With his huge body frame and his aggressive playing style, Dean compares to former Florida Gator now Indianapolis Colt Quincy Wilson. Coming into college both Wilson and Dean have similar builds and playing styles. Even though the defensive back depth on defensive is currently stacked, I believe with Trey Dean’s hard work and preparation he’ll see the field this upcoming football season.

 

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