On National Signing Day (and on paper), Urban Meyer and his staff have put together the best recruiting class Florida has ever had. Had the No. 1 offensive linemen in the nation,Seantral Henderson, pulled the trigger for UF, this class would have shot right off the charts and into the stratosphere.
“It would have been the best recruiting class in the history of college football,” said Allen Wallace, the publisher of SuperPrep and the national recruiting editor for Scout.com. “I really mean that.”
Even without Henderson, this class is special. Rather, we should say, it has a chance to be special. This class, like all the others, cannot accurately be judged until three or four years down the road, and we see how these highly rated prep stars develop as college players.
Clearly, though, this class has the chance to be the best in school history. The defensive line and secondary classes are the best in the nation. And Ronald Powell is the consensus No. 1 player in the country, and a guy who should contribute immediately on the Gators’ defensive front.
This class has talent and depth and fills all of UF’s needs.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of all is that Urban Meyer has made serious in-roads into talent-rich south Florida in general and Miami in particular. This was a priority when Meyer got here. It’s taken time (and a ton of work), but the Gators have now established a strong recruiting presence in an area where they had none for so many years.
Meyer also enhanced his reputation as a national recruiter. He signed the No. 1 player from California (Powell), the No. 1 player from Pennsylvania (Sharrif Floyd) and the No. 1 player from New York (Dominique Easley). He also plucked one of the top players from Georgia (Mack Brown) and loaded up with some top Florida talent, including the state’s No. 1 player, safety Matt Elam.
It’s a great haul, a phenomenal class.
We’ll find out just how good it is (and where it ranks historically) in a few years.