Grading Gators: It's an A


Brentwood Academy quarterback Max Staver (5) is sacked by Ensworth's Austin Prevost during the second half in Brentwood, Tenn., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN)

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.

Quarterback: When Jacoby Brissett made the decision to transfer last month, the Gators tried late to add a second QB to the class, but that didn't happen, leaving UF with just one — three-star prospect Max Staver. Grade: C+.

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Brentwood Academy quarterback Max Staver (5) is sacked by Ensworth's Austin Prevost during the second half in Brentwood, Tenn., Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN)

Running back: Kelvin Taylor, the state's all-time leading rusher, is already on campus and will be competing for serious playing time in the spring. The Gators added another promising prospect Wednesday in Adam Lane. Grade: A.

Receivers: This was a huge position of need, and the Gators filled it by signing five wide receivers, led by highly rated Demarcus Robinson, a former Clemson commitment who is an early enrollee and will compete for playing time this spring. Grade: A.

Offensive line: Another area of need that the Gators successfully addressed by signing five prospects, including Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore, who is already on campus and is expected to contend for a starting role in the spring. Grade: A.

Defensive line: Picking up four-star tackle Jay-nard Bostwick was big, giving the Gators seven defensive linemen in the class — four tackles and three ends. Grade: A.

Linebacker: Will Muschamp's ability to flip three of the four linebackers in the class — Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Jarrad Davis (Auburn) and Matt Rolin (South Carolina) — turned linebacker into one of the strengths of the class. Grade: A.

Secondary: For the second year in a row, the Gators signed a complete secondary (two safeties, two cornerbacks), led by the nation's No.1 cornerback prospect, Vernon Hargreaves III. The versatile Nick Washington can player corner or safety. Grade: A.

Overall: Will Muschamp and his staff put together a second consecutive top-five class, one that meets the Gators' most pressing needs on both lines of scrimmage, at running back and wide receiver. Grade: A.

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