When I went to bed Wednesday night, the Florida Gators were Rivals.com’s recruiting national champions. When I woke up Thursday morning, they were No. 2 behind Southern Cal, which jumped UF with the late addition of five-star offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, who committed but did not sign with the Trojans.
Many Gator recruitniks are upset about this, even though Florida still has the consensus No. 1 class in the nation.
Why is that?
Maybe it’s the Lane Kiffin factor. His late surge with this USC class kind of sticks it to Urban Meyer and Florida again, this time from long distance. One more subtle jab. Or maybe it’s just the fact that UF fans would prefer to have this excellent Florida class viewed as the unanimous No. 1 and not the consensus No. 1.
Even Meyer admitted at his press conference that being No. 1 in these dot.com recruiting rankings is important because he’s a competitor and he likes to win.
I say it really doesn’t matter in this case.
Florida has a great class, maybe the best in school history (something we’ll find out over the course of the next few seasons). Southern Cal also has a great class, although fewer in number.
All that matters is what these four and five-star prospects do on the field in the coming years. No. 1 in recruiting doesn’t necessarily translate to No. 1 in the BCS Standings. And we’ve all seen how many of these can’t-miss prospects have missed over the years.
Meyer has a great class, maybe the greatest defensive class in history, and he and his staff have shown they know how to develop talent and win championships. Given that, there are a lot of possibilities for this class. Kiffin? He hasn’t really accomplished much of anything on the field in his short (and very odd) coaching career.
So, Gator fans, be happy with what you’ve got — Urban Meyer and yet another great recruiting class.