After coming up with Florida’s all-time three-star football team earlier this week, our summer (recruiting) star wars saga continues with a look at the Gators’ all-time four and five-star recruits who failed to reach their star power during their time in Gainesville:
So, there you have it, a team (or collection, if you will) of four and five-star prospects who never developed into four and five-star players at Florida (although some did elsewhere after transferring out).
One of the biggest disappointments in the history of UF recruiting has to be Berlin, one of the highest-rated players ever signed by the Gators — a five-star prospect out of Louisiana who many figured would become an all-time great at Florida under the QB tutelage of Steve Spurrier.
But Berlin was a bust. He got beat out by a lesser known recruit, and, while Rex Grossman went on to become one of the best QBs in school history and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Berlin transferred to Miami after the 2001 season. He had an OK career with the Hurricanes, his highlight moment being leading UM to a come-from-behind win over the Gators in 2003, but he fell short of being the college player everyone thought he would be when he signed with UF.
Another five-star recruit who fell way short of expectations at Florida was Carl Moore, a junior college transfer in 2008. He saw considerable playing time and caught some big passes, but he never evolved into the electrifying playmaker that the Gators thought they had signed.
Overall, if you compare the production of this four-star/five-star team with the three-star team, there is no comparison. The three-star teams blows this one away. It does statistically — and it would on the field.
It’s yet another example of what an imperfect process it is placing stars by a prospect’s name and ranking recruiting classes on signing day.