Eye on UF’s Rivals: Football Recruiting

With Friday Night Lights behind us, it’s time to stop and take a look at how Florida football recruiting compares to its biggest rivals.

Football recruiting can change on a dime, but, as expected, Florida picked up some momentum with its biggest annual recruiting event.

The Gators didn’t land any commitments just before or after the event, but they placed themselves in great position moving forward and landed commitments from a pair of prospects ranked in the GatorCountry.com Composite Recruiting Rankings in the days leading up to the event.

The No. 110 player in the composite ranking, safety Marcus Maye committed to Florida first. The No. 371 player in the composite ranking, safety Rhaheim Ledbetter committed to the Gators shortly after.

Those two commitments pushed Florida to the top of the pack against its rivals.

The Gators now have 12 players ranked on the composite ranking committed, one more than in-state rival Florida State (11) and two more than Auburn (10). LSU trails with nine commits, while Alabama and in-state rival Miami each have eight.

The schools making the most movement in the composite ranking in the past two weeks are Florida and South Carolina, which each added two more commitments from players on the composite ranking.

The Gamecocks received verbal commitments from No. 328 OL Joe Harris and No. 356 LB Kaiwan Lewis.

Florida State (No. 102 DL Justin Shanks), LSU (No. 336 DL Danielle Hunter) and Miami (No. 280 LB Keith Brown) each added one commit from a player ranked in the composite ranking.

Tennessee also added a commitment from No. 178 WR Drae Bowles, but lost a commitment from No. 320 WR Corey Smith.

While the Florida football recruiting class has the most commits ranked in the composite ranking of the 12 SEC schools and in-state rivals Florida State and Miami, the Gators may not have the strongest class just yet.

The Gators boast two players ranked inside the Top 100 of the composite ranking, but Florida State has four and Auburn has three.

The Seminoles also have commitments from two players ranked just outside the Top 100, as well, in Shanks and No. 104 DB P.J. Williams.

It’s hard to argue the quality of the Florida football recruiting class right now, but the Gators could still use commitments from a handful of upper-tier prospects to round out the class.

Offensive lineman D.J. Humphries could be a big step in that direction if he pulls the trigger for Florida when he announces his commitment on Aug. 5.

Below is a complete listing of all the players in the composite ranking committed to SEC teams, Florida State and Miami.

Eye on UF’s Rivals: Football Recruiting
SchoolGC Top 378GC Top 100
Florida122
Florida State114
Auburn103
LSU92
Alabama82
Miami82
South Carolina62
Georgia32
Arkansas20
Ole Miss20
Vanderbilt20
Tennessee10
Kentucky00
Mississippi State00
GC Top 378 Commits by School
SchoolRankPlayer
Florida23OL Jessamen Dunker
72DB Brian Poole, Jr.
110DB Marcus Maye
118TE Colin Thompson
130RB Matt Jones
142LB Lorenzo Phillips
164RB Mike Davis
217LB Jeremi Powell
222DL Dante Phillips
249WR Latroy Pittman
263DL Quinteze Williams
371DB Rhaheim Ledbetter
Florida State2DL Mario Edwards
29DL Dante Fowler, Jr.
44DL Chris Casher
73RB Mario Pender
102DL Justin Shanks
104DB P.J. Williams
117LB Ukeme Eligwe
188DL Dalvon Stuckey
203WR Marvin Bracy
240TE Christo Kourtzidis
245OL Alphonse Taylor
Auburn57QB Zeke Pike
57TE Ricky Parks
69RB T.J. Yeldon
119WR JaQuay Williams
190RB Jovon Robinson
192DB Josh Holsey
205WR Ricardo Louis
227LB Cassanova McKinzy
232OL Shane Callahan
378TE Darrion Hutcherson
LSU61WR Avery Johnson
64DL Torshiro Davis
200TE John Thomas
225DL Ronnie Feist
259DB Dwayne Thomas
309ATH Davante Bourque
336DL Danielle Hunter
354RB Lamar Louis
363TE Dillon Gordon
Alabama15ATH Eddie Williams
79LB Reggie Ragland
121LB Dillon Lee
146LB Tyler Hayes
159ATH Justin Thomas
163RB Kenyan Drake
202OL Brandon Greene
316DL Dakota Ball
Miami70DL Jelani Hamilton
81RB Duke Johnson
101WR Angelo Jean-Louis
129DB A.J. Leggett
201LB Raphael Kirby
280LB Keith Brown
297DL Trent Taylor
312QB Preston Dewey
South Carolina33ATH Shaq Roland
68OL Brock Stadnik
238WR Jody Fuller
323WR Kwinton Smith
328OL Joe Harris
356LB Kaiwan Lewis
Georgia8OL John Theus
32DL Jonathan Taylor
113LB Leonard Floyd
Arkansas247WR Jalen Cobb
313OL Jeremy Ward
Ole Miss212DL Isaac Gross
357OL Jake Meador
Vanderbilt151RB Brian Kimbrow
353DL Josh Dawson
Tennessee178WR Drae Bowles