National Signing Day has come and gone and Florida
cleaned up. The Gators went into the day with 25 committed prospects. All 25 signed, which doesn’t seem all that impressive at first sight, but considering kids do make last minutes switches, it’s a commendable feat. For good measure, Florida added Adrian Coxson
, Chaz Green
, and Darrin Kitchens
. Here’s another impressive look at the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class: throughout the process, only two commits didn’t end up signing with Florida. Those two – Demar Dorsey
and Victor Hampton
– came to agreements with the staff to drop Florida from consideration. In other words, they dropped the Gators as much as the Gators dropped them. Whether Florida showed them the door or not is another story, but Dorsey and Hampton sure didn’t leave on their own.
At the moment, USC
holds the top spot in the Rivals.com team rankings. Of course a lot of that has to do with the nation’s #2 overall prospect – Seantrel Henderson
– being committed to the Trojans. On the back of Henderson and Markeith Ambles
, USC leaped all the way to the top spot. But not so fast. Henderson hasn’t signed
. And he won’t until after USC goes before the NCAA infractions committee later this month. Not a bad move on his part. Why go to a school that could be on probation during your time there? Henderson has “three-and-done” written all over him. If the NCAA were to actually penalize USC (who knows if that will really happen), he wouldn’t have much of a shot at competing for a title. It’ll be interesting to see what Henderson does if penalties are handed down.
Calvin Smith. He of massive girth and superior talent had offers from most everywhere. Among his official visits were Alabama, FSU, Illinois (Ron Zook can still sway a kid here and there it seems), and Tennessee. But it was that fifth, and final, that reeled him in. The four-star defensive tackle from Hialeah, FL is headed to New Mexico. Yes, you read that right. New Mexico. The last time New Mexico signed a…oh who are we kidding…NEW MEXICO DOESN’T SIGN FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS! Kudos to defensive line coach Rubin Carter for recruiting Smith. And of course for not losing his faith despite being imprisoned for murders he didn’t commit. What’s that? Not the same guy? Oh well.
Thanks for stopping by George Edwards
. Enjoy Buffalo. The Gators’ new defensive coordinator is now the Gators’ former defensive coordinator. Edwards has left Florida to be the DC of the Buffalo Bills
. I always feel for recruits when this happens. Not that Edwards was around very long at all, but he definitely had time to have an impact on a few of the kids who are now signed (Gideon Ajagbe
and Kitchens are listed as being heavily recruited by Edwards). Not that Florida isn’t still a wonderful choice for them, but leaving the day after Signing Day…ouch.
And finally, yes, “Go Trogans!”
is going to be used for years and years to come.