The Florida Gators add to their excellent 2024 recruiting class with the addition of elite defensive lineman LJ McCray. McCray becomes the 22nd overall recruit for the Florida class of 2024 that ranks 3rd on both the 247 Sports Composite and the On3 Industry Rankings.
Florida was able to secure McCray’s commitment over in-state rival Florida State, including Georgia, Miami, and Auburn.
LJ McCray Profile
High school: Mainland
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Measurables: 6-6, 260 lbs.
Rankings and Analysis
247 Composite 106 | 16 DL
247 Sports, Andrew Ivins: “A big, functional athlete with verified size that can work his way into the backfield. Got snaps on both sides of the ball as a junior for a Daytona Beach Mainland program that made it to Florida’s 3S title game. Initially billed himself as a tight end, but is viewed by many as a defensive lineman long term, and for good reason as he can wedge his way through gaps and blow up protection. Has worked mostly on the edge, but figures to kick inside at the next level given frame (6-foot-5, 255 pounds with a 79-inch wingspan) and growth potential.” MORE FROM 247
On3 Industry 24 | 4 DL
“Big-framed, athletic defensive lineman with pass rush ability. Has translatable physical attributes and athleticism at the position that point to a high developmental ceiling. Measured in at over 6-foot-6, 260 pounds prior to his senior season. Has outstanding length and a large frame.” MORE FROM ON3
LJ McCray is the 22nd commit for Florida’s class of 2024. McCray joins Amaris Williams, Nasir Johnson, and Kendall Jackson as Florida defensive line commits. He is also the 12th commit for the defensive side of the ball.
Overall, Florida’s class now has two five stars, 15 four stars, and five three stars according to 247 Sports.
The Gators class makes up of:
Willis (TX) five-star quarterback DJ Lagway
West Point (MS) four-star running back Kahnen Daniels
Portal (Ga) four-star tight-end Amir Jackson
Leesburg (VA) Tuscarora four-star offensive tackle Fletcher Westphal, Snellville (GA) South Gwinnett three-star offensive lineman Marcus Mascoll, Upper Marlboro (MD) Charles Herbert Flowers three-star offensive tackle Mike Williams, and three-star German offensive guard Noel Portnjagin
Daytona Beach (FL) four star defensive lineman LJ McCray, Picayune (MS) Memorial four-star edge Jamonta Waller, Compton (NC) four-star defensive lineman Amaris Williams, Dublin (GA) four-star defensive lineman Nasir Johnson, Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz four-star defensive lineman Kendall Jackson
McKinney (TX) five-star safety Xavier Filsaime, Nashville (GA) Berrien three-star safety Josiah Davis, Marrero (LA) for-star cornerback Wardell Mack, and Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney tree-star cornerback Teddy Foster