Jaelen Waters commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators picked up their first commitment for the Class of 2026 on Saturday when an instate defensive back committed to Florida.

2026 defensive back Jaelen Waters (6-2,170, Seffner, FL. Armwood) committed to Florida just days after leaving the Florida State class on Thursday.

“Great to be a Florida Gator,” Waters wrote on a Twitter post.

Waters committed to Florida State on April 23rd when he committed to the Noles over Florida, Notre Dame, and Texas.

The Gators didn’t give up on Waters as defensive backs coach Will Harris recruited him hard and got him on campus recently and then pulled off the flip.

Waters is considered one of the top prospects at his position in the Class of 2026 and has played well during the 7-on-7 circuit this spring and summer.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.