In case you missed it, and I know you probably didn’t, Florida landed three ESPN300 members Monday.
Not only was this the biggest haul of the 2014 class, it’s up there as one of the most important recruiting days for UF in recent memory.
Nothing may ever outdo five-stars Matt Elam, Sharrif Floyd and Ronald Powell picking the Gators at the 2010 Army All-American Bowl, but Monday was just as huge as last year’s Junior Day event considering only half of the six commits ended up signing with Florida.
Despite getting five receivers in 2013, two of which are already first-team offensive players in Ahmad Fulwood and Demarcus Robinson, the Gators still need more weapons at the position. They couldn’t have asked for a better one than Ermon Lane, especially with few realistic options remaining on the board.
When quarterback commit Will Grier takes over for Jeff Driskel in 2015, he’s going to have a handful of talented targets at wideout to go along with a strong stable of running backs and a deep offensive line group.
Moving over to defense, the Gators are sitting pretty in the front seven. They stocked up on defensive linemen, linebackers and safeties in the previous class, which is why there won’t be many taken in this cycle.
Conversely, just one cornerback was signed last year — Vernon Hargreaves III. And of the two who came in 2012, one (Brian Poole) moved to safety and the other (Willie Bailey) transferred.
After this season, Hargreaves could be the only player left at the position. UF is likely losing Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson as well as seniors Jeremy Brown and Jaylen Watkins.
Even if Poole and starting safety Cody Riggs switch back to corner, it be won’t enough depth. That’s why the Gators have four CB commits and will keep searching for more.
And the latest additions, Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson, shouldn’t cause Adoree’ Jackson and Jalen Tabor to cool on Florida. All they have to do is look at the roster.
Moreover, Wilson and Duke Dawson could eventually grow into safeties in college, while Jackson is being recruited for both sides of the ball and wants a role at UF similar to Purifoy’s.