Landing elite QB Austin Simmons is good sign for Florida Football

Florida Gators head football coach Billy Napier talks with the media during a weekly press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Feb. 11, 2022. Napier was asked about coaching hires, recruiting, his team preparation plans and also mentioned the Gators will begin Spring practice March 15.Flgai 02112022 Napierufpresser 01
Florida Gators head football coach Billy Napier talks with the media during a weekly press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Feb. 11, 2022. Napier was asked about coaching hires, recruiting, his team preparation plans and also mentioned the Gators will begin Spring practice March 15.Flgai 02112022 Napierufpresser 01 /
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The Florida football program has one of the top quarterback commitments in the 2024 class and on Tuesday, the Gators landed another elite QB in 2025. 

Teams that win big in college football tend to recruit the quarterback position well and that’s why the commitment of 2025 QB Austin Simmons is a really good sign for Florida football.

Things didn’t go all that well for the Gators in the 2023 class when it comes to quarterback recruiting. Jaden Rashada did actually sign with Florida but the top-100 QB eventually asked out of his letter of intent and it sounded like some things went to pieces with his NIL deal.

Thankfully, Florida football already had a 2024 commitment in the fold at the quarterback position and that was four-star signal caller DJ Lagway, a five-star in the 2024 class that is ranked as the No. 3 quarterback.

Florida beat out Clemso and a bunch of others for his commitment and since then, Lagway has seen his ranking improve. He’s a dude that should be talked about more in the 2024 class and an early pledge was a huge win for the Gators who have the No. 10 overall class right now.

That class includes three top-50 commitments and what’s really impressive is that only one is from the state of Florida. Lagway, for instance, is out of Texas.

Surely, Florida football fans are hoping for better results on the field under Billy Napier but recruiting is the lifeblood of college football and the Gators are doing a nice job there.

This coming season won’t be easy. Graham Mertz has a lot to prove and the schedule is a beast. But the future is bright and it got even brighter on Tuesday thanks to the commitment of Austin Simmons. 

Simmons is from the state of Florida and the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder ranks sixth among QBs in the 2025 class according to the 247 sports composite rankings. He’s 56th overall and is going to play football and baseball for the Gators.

Simmons and Lagway don’t have the ability to help Florida win more games this coming season, but if the Gators are able to sign a top-60 quarterback in back-to-back classes, their QB room should is going to be one of the most talented in college football.

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The key for Napier is winning enough games to make sure he sees that come to fruition, because, after a 6-6 season, Gator fans will get restless if they have a similar campaign in 2023.