It’s almost over folks and we have some important questions to answer this week. Lane Kiffin and his departure from the SEC to USC was discussed in an earlier blog, so I stayed away from that subject for the most part. Still, good topics for this week’s edition.
On to the questions!
Robbie Andreu’s breaking news says that 11 of our 24 commits are enrolled and that 3 are expected to count back to 2009, and that UF is expected to sign the SEC max of 28. Now does that equate to 31 commits signing on Feb. 3 if three count back to 2009?
This has been the biggest question since Florida signed the mighty trifecta Saturday. I posted the scholarship breakdown on the message board, but, hey, not everyone has time for message boards. So, here’s the breakdown for you …
The NCAA allows for 25 scholarships to be given out each recruiting year — no matter how many juniors, seniors, sophomores, freshmen or water boys a school loses. The SEC allows for schools to sign 28 players. Now, if a school signed fewer the year before, it can try and roll back early enrolled commitments to the previous year’s class.
Florida currently has 24 verbal commitments and 11 of those are already on campus. To meet the SEC maximum, Florida can only sign four more prospects to get up to 28. That’s it. Just 28. So to meet the NCAA’s rule of 25 maximum scholarships, Florida will roll back three early enrolled commitments to the 2009 class because the Gators only signed 17 in last year’s class. If they get four more commitments (and with those three rolled back), UF will finish with 25 scholarships for the 2010 class and 28 signed.
As for the maximum of 85 total scholarships on the Gators’ roster, it won’t matter on Signing Day. If the coaches want the athletes they’ve signed, they’ll make room. This happens with transfers, players leaving the program and juniors leaving for the draft. If the staff needs room, it will find some.
Do you think since we got those guys this weekend, this might be the best class ever at UF? It seems to me that we are getting a lot of top 100 recruits even with the distractions.
I wrote about this earlier in the week, but I only wrote about the opinions of others. My opinion? No. I said at the beginning of the year that I thought this could be the best class in Florida history, until I looked at the quality of top-end skill players that Florida was actively recruiting. There is no Tim Tebow. There is no Percy Harvin. And I’m throwing out what those two guys did at UF because who knows what any of Florida’s 2010 guys will do once they get on the playing field. When you look back at the 2006 class, Florida pulled in the No.1 quarterback, wide receiver, offensive lineman and linebacker.
With the depth that Florida has, especially on offense, it was just too hard to mimic the offensive firepower that class had.
However, this class could be the best defensive class Florida — or anyone — has ever had. It has the best player in the country in Ronald Powell, two of the best defensive tackles in Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd and one of the top athletes in the country in Matt Elam. This could be the most athletic defensive class I’ve ever seen.
But the offensive star just isn’t there. I think Mack Brown and Chris Dunkley are the offensive prizes of this class and are both elite players, but unlike 2006, the top players at quarterback, wide receiver and running back are headed elsewhere. I’m not taking anything away from who they have, but guys like Kyle Prater, Marcus Lattimore and any top-rated quarterback aren’t in this class. It’s a special class and will be one of the best, but I can’t put it up there with the 2006 class.
Any real news on Seantrel Henderson? This kid is obviously the real deal. My secret hope is that he will come play football and walk on to the basketball team. Billy D could definately use the size inside – i.e. the Vanderbilt game.
I talked to a very reliable source this week and asked about Henderson’s situation and his feeling was that Florida has an “OK” shot at landing Henderson and that Ohio State and USC seem to be the leaders. The problem is that as soon as he says something about recruiting he goes silent a minute later, so it’s really hard to tell exactly what he’s thinking. Lane Kiffin is actually a very attractive name for prospects. Whether you like him or not, he’s a great recruiter and now he’ll be able to recruit in Los Angeles of all places. Henderson has already taken officials to all three finalists, so it will come down to communication between now and when he commits on National Signing Day. In-home visits will be crucial from here on out.
I will say this, Henderson and his father have a great relationship with Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio, so having both basically in charge at the moment definitely helps the Gators.
Ed, Big day on Saturday. Now what? Upon whom do you think the Gators concentrate their efforts in order to complete their class, and who do you think they can realistically hope to sway at this point? Thanks.
The top guys that I believe are left to fill out the final four spots (or more if any recruits back out) are:
1. Jordan Hicks, LB, West Chester, Ohio, West Lakota
2. Seantrel Henderson, OL, Saint Paul, Minn., Cretin-Derham Hall
3. Ivan McCartney, WR, Miramar
4. Michael Taylor, LB, Atlanta Westlake
5. Christian Jones, LB, Winter Park Lake Howell
6. Adrian Coxson, WR, Baltimore, Md., City College High
7. Chaz Green, OL, Tampa Catholic
8. Christian Green, WR, Tampa Catholic
9. Kadron Boone, WR, Ocala Trinity Catholic
10. Matt James, OL, Cincinnati St. Xavier
I think Florida would like to get at least one more linebacker, offensive lineman and wide receiver. That’s three spots with one wild card. It’s safe to say that Taylor could commit to Florida soon, leaving three spots which Florida would gladly give to Hicks, Henderson and McCartney. But I could see many different scenarios for the final four spots. Getting any four of these guys would be a great way to end the class.