With National Signing Day now only hours away, the Florida Gators are sitting in a pretty good position. They have a top-five class and it could get even better if some of the five-star studs they’re in on fall their way Wednesday.
It’s a good spot to be in. But it’s also a little bit of a scary one because there are no guarantees at this late stage (no matter what some of these kids have told the UF coaches in private).
Boom or bust. This is what the Gators are looking at on Wednesday. It could be a great day, or it could be a huge letdown.
If I’m Will Muschamp, I’d be OK if the Gators don’t get any of the defensive stars still left on their board. With commitments from 13 defensive players, UF will be fine on that side of the ball even if five-star cornerback Tracy Howard, close to a Gator lock a week ago, signs with Miami (like many are now predicting).
The big concern is on offense. As we saw on the field last season, the Gators desperately need to add some dynamic playmakers on offense. They also need linemen.
Here’s where the really scary part comes in: the Gators have secured only one wide receiver (Latroy Pittman) and two offensive linemen (Jessamen Dunker and D.J. Humphries) at this point. That’s not enough at either position of need, and this is where the Gators could end up.
They have a chance to fill the hole at wide receiver. If the Gators land Stephon Diggs and/or Nelson Agholor, this recruiting class will be a success, even though not quite complete because there’s a good chance UF will not sign any other offensive lineman.
If the Gators pull in both Diggs and Agholor (a possibility), they will have filled their biggest recruiting need in a huge way — with two of the most dynamic wide receivers in the country.
If they miss on both (another possibility), this class will be far from complete (and pretty disappointing) regardless where it ends up in the national rankings.