ESPN updated its recruiting rankings on Thursday and Florida still has a dozen verbal commitments in the top 300 and seven in the ESPN150.
All but one of the 18 members in Florida’s 2013 class, which is ranked No. 3 nationally, are four-star rated recruits as well.
Three commits (wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood, safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Quinton Powell) moved up one spot, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley stayed the same and the rest dropped no more than 10 spots.
Here is where the future Gators stand in the latest ESPN300 rankings:
No. 22 Kelvin Taylor (No. 1 running back) — down 1 spot overall/same positionally
No. 31 Caleb Brantley (No. 4 defensive tackle) — same spot overall/positionally
No. 43 Daniel McMillian (No. 3 outside linebacker) — down 2 spots overall/same positionally
No. 47 Ahmad Fulwood (No. 7 wide receiver) — up 1 spot overall/same positionally
No. 64 Keanu Neal (No. 6 safety) — up 1 spot overall/same positionally
No. 82 Quinton Powell (No. 8 outside linebacker) — up 1 spot overall/same positionally
No. 136 Nick Washington (No. 11 safety) — down 5 spots overall/1 positionally
No. 168 Adam Lane (No. 14 runinng back) — down 2 spots overall/same positionally
No. 210 Marqui Hawkins (No. 32 wide receiver) — down 6 spots overall/up 1 positionally
No. 260 Max Staver (No. 16 quarterback) — down 9 spots overall/1 positionally
No. 276 James Hearns (No. 10 inside linebacker) — down 7 spots overall/1 positionally
No. 285 Dillan Lawson (No. 17 outside linebacker) — down 6 spots overall/up 1 positionally
Trojans take lead for Hargreaves
Vernon Hargreaves’ west coast tour, which included stops at Oregon, Stanford and USC, ended Wednesday night with the five-star cornerback naming the Trojans his leader.
This comes less than two weeks after the Tampa Wharton product called Florida, South Florida and Miami his top three schools. Furthermore, Hargreaves spent a considerable amount of time hanging around Florida commits at The Opening last weekend.
Those factors, combined with Gainesville being close home and his sister currently attending UF, made it look like the Gators were gaining the edge once again on the one-time Florida-lean.
But his first time in California turned out to be a charm and USC is now the clear-cut favorite, as evident from his profile picture on twitter.
Fortunately for Florida, there is still a lot left in his recruitment. National Signing Day isn’t for another six months and Hargreaves is scheduled to see Notre Dame, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee this summer and take five official visits in the fall.
If the Gators can land his close friend, four-star defensive end Jordan Sherit, their chances should improve considerably because the pair of prospects want to play together in college.
But as it stands now, Florida is on the verge of missing on an in-state cornerback — ranked first positionally and top 10 nationally — for the second straight year (see Tracy Howard).
As was also the case in the last cycle, Hargreaves would be another five-star recruit from Tampa to spurn UF for USC (see Nelson Agholor).