Prior this past week, Florida had room for 12 more additions to its current 2015 recruiting class of nine verbal commitments.
With 17 seniors and 81 scholarship players excluding former walk-ons, the Gators are able to sign 21 recruits before attrition.
Jon Bullard, D.J. Humphries, Matt Jones and Antonio Morrison are also thinking about forgoing their senior seasons for the NFL draft, and Jeff Driskel may not return to Florida next year.
If two of those five players go, UF would have 25 scholarships available for 2015. If more than two leave or there’s any transfers after the season, the Gators could sign over 25 and count their early enrollees in January toward the 2014 class (depending on how much extra room they have and how many midyear recruits they enroll).
The likelihood of the new coach signing the maximum number of prospects he can is doubtful, but not being strapped for scholarships should help his recruiting efforts in the last month and a half before signing day.
He won’t have to be as selective about expanding Florida’s recruiting board, handing out new offers and taking commitments. That being said, a couple spots will probably be saved for 2016 and the full year of recruiting ahead for that cycle.
But it’s important for the new coach and his staff to salvage the 2015 class, and it looks like the numbers will be there to do it.