Best recruiting class in UF history


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 “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.


  1. If these guys can just walk off the field at the end of each game knowing in his heart the he did his best and didn’t leave anything out on the field then history will take care of itself. I absolutely hope each one of these young men leaves Florida a better person for having gone through the experience. I think the national diversity of the class is a big plus as well. Congratulations to the players, coaches and their families. Coach Meyer, please go disappear for a few weeks. We love you and need you healthy and happy. Great job.

  2. This was an ASTOUNDING job by Coach Meyer, Coach Addazio and the entire hard working assistant coaches and staff. Of course, Jeremy Foley and Pres Machen have already shown that giving Urban the faith he needed and time he needs is the absolute right thing to do. Now it’s time for CM to wrap up his meetings and get away until spring practice gets here. Then take a good month over the summer and come back ready to coach all of this fantastic talent!

    Then please explain to me why the Gators can’t schedule non-conference opponents from BCS conferences and are seeminlgy satisfied playing Appalachian State, USF, and Miami (OH)? USC plays a Big Ten team, an ACC team, and Notre Dame in 2010 besides their round-robin Pac-10 slate of opponents. Don’t these terrific incoming Gator athletes and outstanding current players deserve more challenging weekly competition?