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Here's who signed with Florida Gators during early signing period in 2021

New head coach Billy Napier preaches patience with recruiting
Florida Gators running back Dameon Pierce does Gator chomp after scoring TD vs. Florida State Seminoles in 2021
Posted at 12:08 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 19:38:19-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For Billy Napier, patience is a virtue when it comes to recruiting.

At his introductory news conference earlier this month, Florida's new head coach vowed to be "very patient."

"I know everybody wants the pedal to the medal here and go 100 mph," Napier said. "But it's the most important thing we do."

That seems to be the message to Florida fans after a slow start Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.

The Gators inked just six recruits as of Wednesday afternoon.

But by Wednesday night the Gators got three more players, including the No. 1 safety in the class of 2022.

Napier, who comes to Florida after four seasons at Louisiana, slowly built the Ragin' Cajuns roster, going from 105th nationally and fifth in the Sun Belt Conference in 2018 to 69th nationally and first in the Sun Belt this past season.

Florida Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin and head coach Billy Napier hold Gators jersey during Napier's introductory news conference, Dec. 5, 2021
New Florida head football coach Billy Napier, right, and athletic director Scott Stricklin pose for a photo as Napier is introduced during a news conference Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

The result was an overall record of 40-12, including back-to-back Sun Belt championships in his final two seasons.

Recruiting was an issue under Napier's predecessor, Dan Mullen, who was fired after the Gators lost five of their final seven games (Mullen wasn't around for Florida's 24-21 victory over rival Florida State to become bowl-eligible) of the 2021 season.

Three of Florida's nine recruits — tight end Tony Livingston, defensive tackle Jamari Lyons, cornerback Devin Moore and five-star safety Kamari Wilson — are from Florida.

Wilson transferred from Fort Pierce Westwood Academy to the IMG Academy in 2020.