Leonard Manuel commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators picked up their eight commitment from the 2020 class on Monday night when they picked up a big instate target.

2020 receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 200, Ocala, FL. Vanguard) committed to the Gators over Georgia and Miami.

“I’m 110%. I’m a Florida Gator,” Manuel tweeted.

Manuel visited Florida several times last fall for games and he admitted that he felt comfortable in Gainesville with this coaching staff.

“Just the coaches, the players and the environment,” Manuel said on why he liked Florida after a visit to UF in November. “I just feel like I can stay here and live here and play. Everything will be great.”

The 2020 receiver is a big physical receiver and the Gators coaching staff has already talked to Manuel about how they see him fitting into the offense and the receiver likes his future quarterback.

“Blocking and being able to go and get the ball,” he said on what the coaches tell him about how he fits into the offense. “I feel like I can fit in. I like Emory Jones, the quarterback. He can get out of the pocket and he can throw it. It makes the defense think.”

Manuel joins 2021 teammates Trevonte Rucker and Bryce Langston as commits to Florida from Vanguard High School.

With Manuel’s commitment the Gators now have two guys projected to play receiver in the 2020 class as Jaquavion Fraziars projects at the position as well.


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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.