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
School GC Top 372 GC Top 100
Florida 13 3
Florida State 12 6
Auburn 11 3
Alabama 10 5
LSU 10 2
Miami 9 2
South Carolina 5 2
Georgia 5 2
Tennessee 4 1
Vanderbilt 4 0
Arkansas 2 0
Ole Miss 2 0
Mississippi State 1 0
Kentucky 0 0
GC Top 372 Commits by School
School Rank Player
Florida 6 OL D.J. Humphries
37 OL Jessamen Dunker
86 DB Brian Poole, Jr.
105 DB Marcus Maye
132 RB Mike Davis
138 TE Colin Thompson
138 RB Matt Jones
160 LB Lorenzo Phillips
226 LB Jeremi Powell
230 DL Dante Phillips
238 WR Latroy Pittman
268 DL Quinteze Williams
364 DB Rhaheim Ledbetter
Florida State 2 DL Mario Edwards
10 QB Jameis Winston
23 DL Chris Casher
28 DL Dante Fowler, Jr.
52 RB Mario Pender
91 LB Ukeme Eligwe
110 DB P.J. Williams
114 DL Justin Shanks
193 DL Dalvon Stuckey
204 WR Marvin Bracy
207 TE Christo Kourtzidis
241 OL Alphonse Taylor
Auburn 64 TE Ricky Parks
68 RB T.J. Yeldon
88 QB Zeke Pike
131 WR JaQuay Williams
155 RB Jovon Robinson
160 DB Josh Holsey
195 DL Tyler Nero
200 WR Ricardo Louis
234 LB Cassanova McKinzy
237 OL Shane Callahan
372 TE Darrion Hutcherson
Alabama 18 ATH Eddie Williams
29 WR Chris Black
40 DB Geno Smith
52 LB Reggie Ragland
76 LB Dillon Lee
127 LB Tyler Hayes
142 WR Amari Cooper
163 RB Kenyan Drake
171 ATH Justin Thomas
180 OL Brandon Greene
LSU 70 DL Torshiro Davis
82 WR Avery Johnson
182 OL Patrick Miller
199 TE John Thomas
224 DB Dwayne Thomas
225 DL Ronnie Feist
285 RB Lamar Louis
308 ATH Davante Bourque
316 OL Derek Edinburgh
331 DL Danielle Hunter
Miami 34 RB Duke Johnson
84 DL Jelani Hamilton
123 LB Keith Brown
145 DB A.J. Leggett
153 WR Angelo Jean-Louis
201 LB Raphael Kirby
291 QB Preston Dewey
305 DL Trent Taylor
348 OL Ereck Flowers
South Carolina 35 ATH Shaq Roland
75 OL Brock Stadnik
232 WR Kwinton Smith
257 WR Jody Fuller
319 OL Joe Harris
Georgia 11 OL John Theus
41 DL Jonathan Taylor
116 LB Leonard Floyd
228 DL John Atkins
229 OL Greg Pyke
Tennessee 96 DB LaDarrell McNeil
183 WR Drae Bowles
205 LB Dalton Santos
259 WR Jason Croom
Vanderbilt 168 RB Brian Kimbrow
333 WR Andre McDonald
342 DL Josh Dawson
352 DL Caleb Azubike
Arkansas 303 WR Jalen Cobb
313 OL Jeremy Ward
Ole Miss 261 DL Isaac Gross
345 RB I’Tavius Mathers
Mississippi State 122 DL Nick James