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Florida Spotlight: Five biggest 2020 commitments since NSD

CLASS OF 2020 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | State | Position | Team

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At least by Florida standards, things have been slow since National Signing Day 2019. Only one four-star prospect in the entire state has made a commitment in the time since, but that’s not to say all has been quiet. Plenty of schools have added important pieces to their 2020 classes over the last two months. Below, Rivals.com has a look at five such pieces.

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The highest-ranked Florida-based prospect to commit since National Signing Day, Beck’s pledge to Georgia is made even more important because landing a quarterback can get tricky. Just ask Florida State. The fact that Beck was once committed to Alabama and seemed high on Florida for a time makes things even more sweet for Kirby Smart and company, as the Bulldogs continue to secure recruiting wins over their chief rivals. There’s little doubt that the four-star quarterback will stick with his pledge until signing day, so things on the QB front appear great in Athens.

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The most recent commit on this list, Herring pledged his services to Florida State less than a week ago. The 6-foot-5 offensive lineman is coming off a solid performance at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Central Florida and is seemingly getting a little more fluid and effective with each passing month. Herring, who sits on the verge of four-star status, picked the Seminoles over offers from schools such as Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Greene committed to West Virginia on March 7 and continued his eventful week by earning quarterback MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Lakeland a few days later. Greene may not have the offer list of a truly elite prospect, which is due mostly to his lack of elite size, but his performance in Lakeland placed him on the verge of four-star status nevertheless. Greene, who gets the ball out quickly, seems to be a good fit for the Mountaineers and his lack of size shouldn’t hold him back at the college level.

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Joseph remains a bit raw, but that shouldn’t temper the excitement in Gainesville. The three-star defensive end has solid size and quickness, which gives him a high ceiling as a prospect. It’s not hard to figure out why Dan Mullen and company accepted his commitment, as Joseph could see his stock rise quickly if he develops into a more polished player. The Lake Gibson (Fla.) High School junior is certainly one to watch in the year ahead.

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The Geoff Collins Era at Georgia Tech will include Gleason, a 6-foot-2 quarterback who chose the Yellow Jackets over a number of other major offers. He boasts a short throwing motion and a big body that makes him hard to tackle in the backfield. Tech is getting more than just a talented passer, however, as there are certainly worse places to start a pipeline than Tampa-area powerhouse Plant High School, which produces Power Five-level prospects every year.