National Signing Day is now six months away, and things should start picking up on the recruiting trail for Florida coach Will Muschamp.
UF’s 2014 class currently has 11 or 12 members, depending on whether or not you count offensive lineman Joseph Paul.
He says he’s solid to the Gators, but the staff appears to have moved on. He showed up to camp out of shape, looked unimpressive working out and did not speak to Muschamp afterward, which was a telling sign.
Paul also wants to take all of his official visits, and it’s more so to find another school than enjoy free trips. Some websites have already taken him off Florida’s commitment list. We will continue to include him until he confirms he’s out, but for the sake of this blog, let’s put UF at 11 verbals.
That leaves five scholarships open for a class of 16 signees. Many fans are wondering why the Gators don’t have as many commits as other teams — or compared to where they were this time last year — and it’s because they’re in a numbers crunch.
The roster finally has depth across the board, and there’s not a lot of room in 2014 as a result. So UF can and must be selective in this recruiting cycle, as opposed to 2013 when it could have signed as many as 33 recruits.
However, more room will become available this year through attrition, and Florida should be able to sign at least 21.
The Gators are expected to add three members to their class over the next eight days, as receiver Ermon Lane and cornerback Quincy Wilson announce together on Aug. 10 and JUCO defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert decides on Aug. 13. ESPN150 cornerback Chris Lammons plans to make his commitment in the near future and wants to go to college with Wilson, a close friend of his.
Florida is also in great shape for five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson, five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, cornerback Jalen Tabor, safety Jamal Adams, receiver Travis Rudolph, offensive tackle David Sharpe and linebacker Dwight Williams, Jackson’s teammate.
Aside from Lambert, the aforementioned prep prospects are ESPN300 members and have UF at or near the top of their leaderboard. The Gators might not get them all, but there’s a strong possibility they land most.
New names will also emerge between now and signing day, while guys like Da’Shawn Hand, Raekwon McMillan and teammates Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis probably remain longshots for Florida.
But when all is said and done in six months, the Gators could end up with one of the top classes in the country if they keep who they have and close on the majority of their remaining targets.