Three play­ers inked to 2020 class

Orlando Sentinel - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Edgar Thomp­son

GAINESVILL­E — UF coach Mike White has signed three play­ers to the Ga­tors’ 2020 class — small for­ward Samson Ruzhent­sev, shoot­ing guard Niels Lane and and power for­ward Osayi Osifo.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Ruzhent­sev is na­tive of Moscow, Rus­sia, who plays at Hamil­ton Heights Academy in Chat­tanooga, Tenn. Rated the na­tion’s No. 108 over­all prospect, Ruzhent­sev av­er­aged 17.4 points and 4.6 re­bounds last sea­son. He made 97 3-point­ers and is con­sid­ered one of the bet­ter shoot­ers in the 2020 class.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Lane hails from Free­hold, New Jersey, and plays for Roselle Catholic, where he is best slash­ing to the bas­ket and fin­ish­ing in tran­si­tion. He is ranked the na­tion’s 120th-rated prospect by 247Sports.com.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Osifo plays at East­ern Florida State Col­lege in Bre­vard County and has played bas­ket­ball fewer than four years. He ap­peared in 33 games, with 10 starts, as a fresh­man last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 4.4 points and 3.9 re­bounds.

The re­cruits all locked in their pledges dur­ing the early sign­ing pe­riod. The class is rated No. 23 na­tion­ally by 247Sports.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about all three of these guys,” White said in a state­ment from UF. “They’re all re­ally tal­ented play­ers, and a com­mon thread they share is that they play with a high level of en­ergy, they’re com­pet­i­tive and they want to win more than any­thing else. On top of that, they bring a high level of char­ac­ter, and we’ve en­joyed get­ting to know each of them through the re­cruit­ing process.”

Trans­fers An­thony Du­ruji, a small for­ward from Louisiana Tech, and Tyree Ap­pleby, a shoot­ing guard from Cleveland State, are prac­tic­ing with the Ga­tors, but they will not be el­i­gi­ble next sea­son, bol­ster­ing the group of new play­ers avail­able to White next sea­son.

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UF coach Mike White signed three play­ers Wed­nes­day for a class rated No. 23 na­tion­ally.

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