UF recruiting analysis: Balance


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.

Quarterback: UF wasn't planning on taking a QB in this class until new offensive coordinator Brent Pease came along in January. He went out and found one who he thinks is a good fit for the offense, former Penn State commitment Skyler Mornhinweg. Grade: B

Running back:The Gators had two top prospects committed for months, but one, Mike Davis, felt he wasn't getting enough love and bolted to South Carolina. That leaves only one in the class, four-star prospect Matt Jones. Grade: B

Receivers: The Gators signed two of the top tight ends in the country (Kent Taylor and Colin Thompson), but came up short at wide receiver, signing only two (Latroy Pittman and late addition Raphael Andrades). UF is still in the hunt for elite WR Stefon Diggs, who will sign next week. Grade: B

Offensive line: UF signed the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle, D.J. Humphries, and four-star guard Jessamen Dunker, both early enrollees. But the Gators needed to sign at least two more in an area of need. Grade: B

Defensive line:Led by five-star recruits Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler, UF put together one of the nation's top defensive line classes. Grade: A+

Linebackers: The Gators would like to have signed one or two more, but they're definitely happy with the two four-star prospects they signed — Antonio Morrison and Jeremi Powell. Grade: B

Secondary: UF missed out on five-star CB Tracy Howard, but signed a complete secondary — two corners (Willie Bailey and Brian Poole) and two safeties (Marcus Maye and Rhaheim Ledbetter). Grade: A

Overall: The Gators came up big on defense, but the class lacks a dynamic offensive skill player and comes up short in meeting crucial needs at wide receiver and on the offensive line. Still, it's a consensus top-five class. Grade: B+

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