Florida no longer has a top-10 football recruiting class for 2019.
Sure, if you go on the Internet and check out the class rankings, the Gators are still sitting inside the top 10. They’re at No. 8 on Rivals and No. 9 on 247.
The reality, of course, is this is no longer a top-10 class because three of its highest-ranked prospects — four or five-star cornerback Chris Steele, four-star linebacker Diwun Black and four or three-star quarterback Jalon Jones — are no longer part of it.
With those three off the list, the Gators would tumble outside of the top 10 if the classes were re-ranked by the recruiting services, which they have not.
The Gators now have a class of 22 that features 14 four stars and eight three stars according to 247 and 11 four stars and 11 three star on Rivals.
If the classes were re-ranked, the Gators likely would be sitting in the No. 15 or 16 spot in both services, just behind Washington, which is currently at No. 16 in both.
UF’s average star ranking falls off considerably on Rivals. On signing day, the Gators averaged 3.64 stars per signee. Now, that average is at just 3.25.
Even with the loss of Steele, Black and Jones, this is still a pretty solid class. But it’s no longer a top-10 class. Not even close.
If there is any further attrition — and that’s certainly a possibility — this class could eventually end up out of the top 20.
The pressure is now on Dan Mullen and his staff to get the Gators back in the top 10 with the 2020 class.