Player Evaluation: Florida Commit Julian Humphrey

Florida Gators Recruiting Update

The Florida Gators have been hitting the 2022 class hard as of late and the recruiting efforts of Dan Mullen and his staff have paid off as they closed out May by adding the highest-ranking commitment to that group to date.

By Steve Wright

A 4-star cornerback – was poached out of Big XII country with the Clear Lake (Houston, TX) High School star choosing the Gators over the likes of Oklahoma and Texas.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is rated by the 247Sports Composite as being the No. 135 player in the class. He is the No. 16 cornerback and the No. 26 player in Texas according to the same service. Humphrey – who is also a track star in both the sprint events and the long jump – picked up 24 tackles, one tackle for a loss, eight pass break-ups, and one interception in 2020. This is despite few schools throwing his way because of his magnetic ability as a cover corner.

The video below shows the type of player that the Gators are getting in Humphrey. It is important to note that the Florida defensive scheme is changing to play more press coverage from 2021 onwards and the traits that the tall, strong, and long Humphrey brings seem to fit perfectly into that plan. Humphrey is an incredible athlete – arguably one of the best in the country regardless of position – and this allows the defender to be one of those players that can change the momentum of the game from that side of the ball.

The first play of the video is just way too easy for the Clear Lake star as he baits the opposition quarterback into a throw that he jumps easily for a return touchdown. The second play shows Humphrey’s ability to cover like a glove and then the competitiveness after he makes a play, while the third (an offensive play) makes it clear Humphrey has the top-end speed to recover against even the best wide receivers in the SEC if he is beaten off of the line.

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