Ten defensive targets to watch for the Florida Gators in 2022

The Florida Gators have put together a solid 2021 class already and with the dead period being extended for so long, the coaching staff has had a chance to get to work on the 2022 class.

While the Gators only have one commit in the Class of 2022 so far, they sit in a good spot for several top prospects in the class.

GatorCountry is going to give you 10 guys to watch on both sides of the ball for the Class of 2022, we started with the offense and we will finish on the defensive side of the ball.


Defensive lineman Tyler Booker (6-4, 290, Bradenton, FL. IMG)- The New Jersey native will be listed as both a top target on offense and defense as he’s a rare player who’s a star on both sides of the ball. The Gators look to be leaning towards putting him on defense but Booker isn’t sure of that at this time. The Gators have done a great job of recruiting Booker early on and are one of the favorites early on.


Defensive tackle Jamari Lyons (6-4, 295, Melbourne, FL. Viera)- Florida offered Lyons in late March and since then the defensive tackle has picked up several big offers including Auburn and Penn State. Florida has been the team that most link Lyons to early on in his recruitment but he hasn’t visited Gainesville yet.


Defensive end Keahnist Thompson (6-4, 230, Lakeland, FL. High)- Florida was one of the first schools to offer Thompson and that has helped the Gators early on in Thompson’s recruitment. Like the last few Lakeland prospects, the Gators have landed, they look to be battling Miami for Thompson.


Outside linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (6-1, 195, Miami, FL. Central)- Christian Robinson offered Bissainthe this spring and the Gators instantly jumped into the mix for the linebacker following the offer. This looks like it will be an instate battle between Florida, Florida State and Miami for Bissainthe.


Outside linebacker Travious Lathan (6-2, 190, Miami, FL. Gulliver Prep)- Lathan named the Gators his leader this winter just hours after he picked up an offer from Florida. Christian Robinson offered Lathan and told him that he would be used as a hybrid linebacker. Lathan doesn’t have a decision date in mind but Florida is in good shape.


Defensive back Nikai Martinez (5-10, 170, Apopka, FL. High)-Martinez has visited the Gators several times in the past and was on campus right before the dead period. Florida has always been high on Martinez’s list and that continues today but Auburn and Georgia are also high on his list.


Defensive back Jaheim Singletary (6-1, 170, Jacksonville, FL. Robert E. Lee)- Singletary is one of the top players in the state for 2022 and someone that the Gators have been recruiting for two years now. Singletary hasn’t named a leader yet but the Gators are in good shape with Georgia, LSU and Florida State squarely in the mix as well.


Defensive back Kamari Wilson (6-1, 195, Bradenton, FL. IMG)- The South Florida is considered one of the top safeties in the country and has spoken very highly of Florida in the past. Wilson hasn’t named a leader yet but the three instate schools are schools to watch for Wilson.


Defensive back JyVonte McClendon (6-2, 180, Lakeland, FL. Lake Gibson)- McClendon has also been a frequent visitor to Gainesville and was on campus for junior day this winter for the Gators. McClendon hasn’t narrowed down his list but Florida sits in good shape for the safety out of Lakeland.


Athlete Sam McCall (6-3, 180, Lakeland, FL. Lake Gibson)- McCall is from Alabama but moved to Lakeland and has visited Gainesville several in the past. Alabama and Florida are the two favorites for McCall who the Gators like as a defensive back in college.

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.