The new Rivals.com Rivals100 came out Tuesday and to no surprise, Florida commits showed up in abundance.
Of Florida’s 12 verbal commits, six of them – Matt Elam (5), Victor Hampton (51), Jonathan Dowling (52), Ian Silberman (59), Jaylen Watkins (65) and Gerald Christian (82) – appear in the top 100. Only Texas has as many, and usual recruiting king USC has just three.
The number could grow in the coming months, as Florida has been working hard on a bunch of Rivals100 kids like Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King running back Mack Brown; McDonough, Ga., Henry County wide receiver Markeith Ambles; Jacksonville, Bolles offensive lineman Brent Benedict; and Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc, among others.
Since Urban Meyer’s arrival in 2005, Florida has had at least five signees ranked in the Rivals100, including 11 in 2007. Meyer had just one (Avery Atkins) in his inaugural class in 2005.
It’s still early, but if I were going to make a prediction – and keep in mind that in the world of recruiting, predictions mean absolutely nothing at this point in the season – I would say the Gators end up with 12-13 prospects out of the top 100. Players Florida either has committed or are interested in could make their way into the list by the end of the season. Not to mention Florida’s already in strong consideration for a litter of players already inside the 100.
I like Florida’s chances with the players listed above and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of surprises or guys who haven’t been very chatty about recruiting end up Gators on National Signing Day. It’s still a long ways away, but if the Gators’ early recruiting success continues, there’s a chance that half of Florida’s class could come out of this list.