Eye on UF’s Rivals: Football Recruiting

With a huge recruiting weekend on the horizon for Florida with No. 3 Alabama coming to town in front of a packed house and dozens of top recruits, Gator Country stops to take a look at how things stack up right now for Florida’s rivals.

Football recruiting is hitting full swing right now as prospects take official visits, and the Gators are already putting together quite a class.

Florida has 13 players ranked in the current GatorCountry.com composite recruiting rankings, more than every SEC team and in-state rivals Florida State and Miami.

Since the last time we took a look at Florida’s recruiting rivals, the Gator have added a commitment from offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, the sixth-ranked player in the composite ranking.

The Gators now have three commits ranked in the Top 100 of the composite ranking, which is tied with Auburn and behind Florida State’s six and Alabama’s five.

The biggest movers in the composite rankings since our last update were Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Tennessee added three commits ranked in the composite ranking, while each of the other schools added two.

Alabama added commitments from two Top 100 players in wide receiver Chris Black and defensive back Geno Smith, while linebacker Dillon Lee received a nice bump in the rankings to enter the Top 100.

Georgia added commitments from defensive lineman John Atkins and offensive lineman Greg Pyke to bring the Bulldogs’ total of commits in the composite ranking to five, with two ranked in the Top 100.

LSU added commitments from offensive linemen Patrick Miller and Derek Edinburgh. However, Tigers’ tight end commitment Dillon Gordon fell out of the composite ranking to give LSU 10 total commitments in the composite ranking with two ranked in the Top 100.

Vanderbilt added commitments from wide receiver Andre McDonald and defensive lineman Caleb Azubike to give the Commodores four commitments in the composite ranking.

Tennessee was the biggest mover in the past two months in terms of the composite ranking, adding commitments from defensive back LaDarrell McNeil, linebacker Dalton Santos and wide receiver Jason Croom. The Volunteers now have four commitments in the composite ranking, with one inside the Top 100.

Florida State added a Top 100 commit from quarterback Jameis Winston.

Auburn added a commitment from defensive lineman Tyler Nero.

Miami added a commitment from offensive lineman Ereck Flowers.

Ole Miss added a commitment from running back I’Tavious Mathers, but offensive lineman Jake Meador fell out of the composite ranking.

Finally, South Carolina linebacker commitment Kaiwan Lewis fell out of the composite ranking.

Kentucky is the only SEC school that has yet to gain a commitment from a player ranked in the GatorCountry.com composite rankings.

Eye on UF’s Rivals: Football Recruiting
SchoolGC Top 372GC Top 100
Florida State126
South Carolina52
Ole Miss20
Mississippi State10
GC Top 372 Commits by School
Florida6OL D.J. Humphries
37OL Jessamen Dunker
86DB Brian Poole, Jr.
105DB Marcus Maye
132RB Mike Davis
138TE Colin Thompson
138RB Matt Jones
160LB Lorenzo Phillips
226LB Jeremi Powell
230DL Dante Phillips
238WR Latroy Pittman
268DL Quinteze Williams
364DB Rhaheim Ledbetter
Florida State2DL Mario Edwards
10QB Jameis Winston
23DL Chris Casher
28DL Dante Fowler, Jr.
52RB Mario Pender
91LB Ukeme Eligwe
110DB P.J. Williams
114DL Justin Shanks
193DL Dalvon Stuckey
204WR Marvin Bracy
207TE Christo Kourtzidis
241OL Alphonse Taylor
Auburn64TE Ricky Parks
68RB T.J. Yeldon
88QB Zeke Pike
131WR JaQuay Williams
155RB Jovon Robinson
160DB Josh Holsey
195DL Tyler Nero
200WR Ricardo Louis
234LB Cassanova McKinzy
237OL Shane Callahan
372TE Darrion Hutcherson
Alabama18ATH Eddie Williams
29WR Chris Black
40DB Geno Smith
52LB Reggie Ragland
76LB Dillon Lee
127LB Tyler Hayes
142WR Amari Cooper
163RB Kenyan Drake
171ATH Justin Thomas
180OL Brandon Greene
LSU70DL Torshiro Davis
82WR Avery Johnson
182OL Patrick Miller
199TE John Thomas
224DB Dwayne Thomas
225DL Ronnie Feist
285RB Lamar Louis
308ATH Davante Bourque
316OL Derek Edinburgh
331DL Danielle Hunter
Miami34RB Duke Johnson
84DL Jelani Hamilton
123LB Keith Brown
145DB A.J. Leggett
153WR Angelo Jean-Louis
201LB Raphael Kirby
291QB Preston Dewey
305DL Trent Taylor
348OL Ereck Flowers
South Carolina35ATH Shaq Roland
75OL Brock Stadnik
232WR Kwinton Smith
257WR Jody Fuller
319OL Joe Harris
Georgia11OL John Theus
41DL Jonathan Taylor
116LB Leonard Floyd
228DL John Atkins
229OL Greg Pyke
Tennessee96DB LaDarrell McNeil
183WR Drae Bowles
205LB Dalton Santos
259WR Jason Croom
Vanderbilt168RB Brian Kimbrow
333WR Andre McDonald
342DL Josh Dawson
352DL Caleb Azubike
Arkansas303WR Jalen Cobb
313OL Jeremy Ward
Ole Miss261DL Isaac Gross
345RB I’Tavius Mathers
Mississippi State122DL Nick James