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
School GC Top 378 GC Top 100
Florida 12 2
Florida State 11 4
Auburn 10 3
LSU 9 2
Alabama 8 2
Miami 8 2
South Carolina 6 2
Georgia 3 2
Arkansas 2 0
Ole Miss 2 0
Vanderbilt 2 0
Tennessee 1 0
Kentucky 0 0
Mississippi State 0 0
GC Top 378 Commits by School
School Rank Player
Florida 23 OL Jessamen Dunker
72 DB Brian Poole, Jr.
110 DB Marcus Maye
118 TE Colin Thompson
130 RB Matt Jones
142 LB Lorenzo Phillips
164 RB Mike Davis
217 LB Jeremi Powell
222 DL Dante Phillips
249 WR Latroy Pittman
263 DL Quinteze Williams
371 DB Rhaheim Ledbetter
Florida State 2 DL Mario Edwards
29 DL Dante Fowler, Jr.
44 DL Chris Casher
73 RB Mario Pender
102 DL Justin Shanks
104 DB P.J. Williams
117 LB Ukeme Eligwe
188 DL Dalvon Stuckey
203 WR Marvin Bracy
240 TE Christo Kourtzidis
245 OL Alphonse Taylor
Auburn 57 QB Zeke Pike
57 TE Ricky Parks
69 RB T.J. Yeldon
119 WR JaQuay Williams
190 RB Jovon Robinson
192 DB Josh Holsey
205 WR Ricardo Louis
227 LB Cassanova McKinzy
232 OL Shane Callahan
378 TE Darrion Hutcherson
LSU 61 WR Avery Johnson
64 DL Torshiro Davis
200 TE John Thomas
225 DL Ronnie Feist
259 DB Dwayne Thomas
309 ATH Davante Bourque
336 DL Danielle Hunter
354 RB Lamar Louis
363 TE Dillon Gordon
Alabama 15 ATH Eddie Williams
79 LB Reggie Ragland
121 LB Dillon Lee
146 LB Tyler Hayes
159 ATH Justin Thomas
163 RB Kenyan Drake
202 OL Brandon Greene
316 DL Dakota Ball
Miami 70 DL Jelani Hamilton
81 RB Duke Johnson
101 WR Angelo Jean-Louis
129 DB A.J. Leggett
201 LB Raphael Kirby
280 LB Keith Brown
297 DL Trent Taylor
312 QB Preston Dewey
South Carolina 33 ATH Shaq Roland
68 OL Brock Stadnik
238 WR Jody Fuller
323 WR Kwinton Smith
328 OL Joe Harris
356 LB Kaiwan Lewis
Georgia 8 OL John Theus
32 DL Jonathan Taylor
113 LB Leonard Floyd
Arkansas 247 WR Jalen Cobb
313 OL Jeremy Ward
Ole Miss 212 DL Isaac Gross
357 OL Jake Meador
Vanderbilt 151 RB Brian Kimbrow
353 DL Josh Dawson
Tennessee 178 WR Drae Bowles