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Florida football recruiting focused on 2026 5-star WR Jabari Brady

Florida head coach Billy Napier is big on recruiting the best players in the Sunshine State, and the Gators are once again looking to sign a five-star recruit from Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School in Broward County.

Wide receiver Jabari Brady has been a household name at Monarch High School in recent years, but his move to Chaminade-Madonna means he will be one of the offensive focuses for the national powerhouse that just produced the top recruit in the 2023 cycle: Ohio State wide receiver Jeremiah Smith.

Unlike Smith, Brady has not made any verbal commitments. That’s not to say Florida has as much of a chance to land him as any program, but turning around a verbal commitment from a top-25 player usually takes a few dominoes to fall into place.

On3’s Keith Niebuhr recently caught up with Brady to see where Florida stands with the No. 4 receiver in the class of 2026, and the verdict is “up there.”

“It was good – talking to Coach (David) Doeker and Coach (Billy) Gonzales,” Brady said. “They are showing a lot of love… Their development shows me that they are doing well, especially with Ricky and No. 3 (Eugene Wilson). He is only a freshman and he is doing well there. Their development shows me a lot.”

Recruitment Summary

Brady is a consensus four-star recruit who will likely receive a fifth star from each outlet once the class of 2026 becomes the primary focus. He is ranked 12th overall in the class of 2026 by ESPN.

The On3 industry rankings, which take into account all four major recruiting services, place him at No. 22 nationally and No. 4 at his position, while in the 247Sports composite he ranks even higher at No. 17 and 4, respectively. Oddly enough, the 247Sports composite rates Brady as a five-star recruit.

The On3 recruiting prediction engine favors Ohio State in this race, giving the Buckeyes a 33.0% chance of landing Brady. Florida State is second on the list with 19.6%, Miami is third with 8.8% and Florida rounds out the list with odds of 7.4%.

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