Napier continues to add talent to Florida roster

Florida added a commitment from O'Cyrus Torrence on Monday. He was ranked as the nation's No. 19 overall player in the transfer portal by 247 Sports.

Billy Napier and his staff have added yet another player to the Florida roster this morning. Offensive lineman O’Cyrus Torrence announced his commitment to the Gators over LSU on Monday.

Torrence is the third former University of Louisiana player to follow Napier to Gainesville. He was a three-year starter for the Ragin’ Cajuns on teams that compiled a 34-5 record.

Torrence was a PFF First-Team All-American and a First-Team All-Sun Belt selection in 2021. He garnered Second-Team All-Sun Belt honors in 2020.

Since entering the transfer portal, Torrence received offers from the likes of LSU, Auburn, Clemson, USC, Michigan St. and others. He’ll likely be an immediate starter for UF at one of the offensive guard spots.

247Sports had Torrence originally ranked as the nation’s 19th-best player in the transfer portal. In an updated list of players that still hadn’t committed as of yesterday, he was ranked as the sixth-best player remaining in the portal.

The Torrence news simply capped a huge week for the Gators, who have continued to add members to Napier’s massive staff and receive other good news.

Florida DE Brenton Cox announced Sunday that he’ll be back for another season.

Cox finished the 2021 campaign with 41 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 QB hurries, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. In 2020, he recorded 41 tackles, 9.5 TFL’s, four sacks, 18 QB hurries and two passes broken up. The former five-star recruit to Georgia has played in all 25 games since joining UF after one season at UGA.

Although his effort and effectiveness versus the run has been questioned at times, some of that can be attributed to a foot injury last summer. He wasn’t necessarily 100-percent healthy and in top form with his cardio in the early parts of this past season.

Florida added RB Montrell Johnson to the roster last week. Johnson was the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2021 when he ran for 838 yards and 12 TDs for Louisiana. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Since Napier was hired, UF has added five players from the transfer portal. Jalen Kimber, a four-star cornerback in the 2020 recruiting cycle, announced his commitment to the Gators on Saturday.

Kimber, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, appeared in only three games for the Bulldogs in two seasons.

Florida added another commitment yesterday from three-star safety Miguel Mitchell. His pledge brings UF’s total to 12 freshmen who are joining the program. Three are already enrolled at UF, including five-star safety Kamari Wilson, four-star defensive lineman Chris McClellan and four-star safety Devin Moore.

Napier added another member to the staff this past weekend in 51-year-old Sean Spencer, who spent this past year as the New York Giants defensive line coach. He’ll serve as UF’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.

Spencer is the 41st staff hire by Napier and the ninth on-field coach, leaving one more spot remaining to fill.

Napier met with the media this past Friday to discuss a host of topics. When asked about Emory Jones, it didn’t sound as if the QB was going to be leaving Florida.

Before UF’s bowl game, it was reported that Jones planned to enter the portal after the UCF game. That hasn’t happened and judging by Napier’s remarks, I don’t think Jones is going anywhere.

Napier spoke highly of his character and encouraged Florida fans to look at next season as a “fresh start” for all the players.

Finally, the only recent news that hasn’t been positive was last week’s decision by tight end Kemore Gamble to transfer. He enjoyed his best year as a Gator in 2021, catching 31 balls for 414 yards and four TDs. Gamble is going to finish his last season of college ball at UCF.

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