Billy Napier: ‘Gators Aren’t Going Away’ On Recruiting Trail As Momentum Builds

Photo: Billy Napier; Credit Zach Goodall

When the Gators handed Billy Napier the program’s reins in late 2021, administration, alumni and fans expressed lofty expectations regarding Florida’s footprint on the recruiting trail.

He inherited a broken system that had fallen behind the curve in luring top-rated prospects to compete with the premier programs in the Southeastern Conference. That necessary fix arguably loomed larger than his on-field success. Napier cautioned the fanbase; as a result, asking for patience as he and his staff implemented their process.


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