By definition, recruitniks are fans who are almost more avid about recruiting than they are about the actual college football games. In the case of Florida recruitniks, they sure can be a tough lot to please at times.
Just last week, the Gators received a commitment from a standout prospect who should have had them all jacked up and excited — a cornerback that Alabama, Georgia, FSU and more than 20 other schools were hoping to land. And, yet, the recruitniks’ reaction was somewhat subdued.
Why is that?
Because said recruit has only three stars by his name by the recruiting services.
For some reason, UF recruitniks (and recruitniks in general) seem to put more trust in the recruiting services than their own coaches, who know the prospects and their potential much better than the so-called “experts,” many who have never coached or played the game.
Maybe here’s how UF recruitniks should start judging recruits: not by the stars by their names but by the schools that have offered scholarships.
If Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Florida have offered, the prospect is clearly a player who has the potential to have a major impact in your program.
With that in mind, we offer you the Gators’ all-time three-star team:
Bryan Cox Jr.
If you look up and down this impressive list, you see a team of three-star prospects who all turned out to be four and five-star players for the Gators.
Offensively, this team has great skill — a proven passer in Trask handing off to two very versatile backs in Perine and James and throwing to a stable of playmaking wide receivers and tight ends. And all this skill would have a chance to produce some huge numbers operating behind an offensive line that features four current starters in the NFL — Pouncey, Taylor, Brown and Halapio.
Defensively, can you imagine a more potent pass rush with Polite, Zuniga and Greenard coming off the edge and Bryan, Fox and McDonald charging up the middle? And then those linebackers are three of the most productive in school history. On the back end, there’s lots of speed, athleticism and striking ability.
On special teams, the best return man in school history in Brandon James and two of the best kickers (Pineiro and McPherson) and two of the best punters (Johnny and Tommy Townsend) in school history.
This team should serve as a lesson to all recruitniks out there: trust your coaches and pay more attention to the scholarship offers than the stars by the names of prospects.