The Florida Gators’ recruiting class is, by all accounts, in a free fall. Given the roller coaster year and mid-season termination of Will Muschamp, this isn’t the most surprising news. However, when you look at the numbers, they are nonetheless jarring.
Between the nation’s three premier recruiting rankings (247Sports, ESPN and Rivals) Florida ranks a composite No 53 in the country. ESPN, the most generous site with its ranking (No. 32), still has the Gators behind 10 other programs (including world-beaters Arkansas and Kentucky). Florida also has the lowest number of commits in the conference.
247Sports lists Florida’s class at No. 63, which is one spot ahead of Western Michigan and trailing such teams as Vanderbilt, Purdue, BYU and Wake Forest.
As for Rivals, Florida is listed at No. 74 – good enough for fifth-best in the state. FSU, Miami, FAU and FIU all rank higher, and UCF is close behind at No. 77.
So, while Jeremy Foley mentioned his desire to bring in an offensively-minded head coach, he’s also going to need somebody who’s a closer. Florida may be in better shape than during their last coaching change, and the on-field talent may be rich, but if the new guy can’t put a tourniquet on this recruiting cycle the program’s upwards climb could be that much steeper.