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.
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|
|GC Top 378 Commits by School|
|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|
8 Comments so far
What is the average ranking of those in the composite ? Seems that might be more relevant in such a large sample for comparative purposes....if such comparisons have any real value.
I looked at them, but if can be very misleading. For instance, say school A has 10 commits in the GC Composite ranked between 100-200. School B has only one commit total , but he’s ranked 50 overall in the Composite.
While School B would have the higher average ranking, School A clearly has the superior class.
I’m still brainstorming ways to create a comprehensive team comparison using the Composite ranking, though.
After what Meyer did, I never thought Florida State would ever have any recruiting momentum. Especially for the length of time we’ve dominated them year in and year out since 2004
TGK, do an inverse points system… The number of points would be inversely proportional to their position ranking.
For example, if there are 400 kids within the composite ranking the top overall ranked player would get 400 points. The 400th ranked player would only get 1 point, so on and so forth. The team with the most points would have the best composite recruiting class.
The GC team is doing a great job. I really enjoy the comparative analysis… Keep it up and Go Gators!
@vbmatt - the only problem with that is you’re ignoring all the commits who aren’t ranked on the composite list. And, again, you could have one team that has 10 commits ranked 300-378 in the composite list (essentially 10 four-star players) being ranked well below a team that has just one commit if he’s in the Top 5. See what I’m saying?
yea good point… I didn’t think that through. It’s been a long week already.
Let’s just claim to have the best recruiting class and scrap the rankings system.
None of it matters until the guys actually step on the field with their pads on. Still a lot of fun to look at though!
What about breaking the composite rankings into categories. Top 50 get 10 points, 51-100 get 9 points, so on and so forth. Total team points wins. This helps to even out the number of players with their rankings.
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