Wednesday is like Christmas for college football junkies. It’s our version of the NFL Draft. But it’s better. A program like Florida doesn’t get one first-round pick. There is no order the schools have to follow. A great program with a solid history may get a good number of elite players. We love it and we hate it at the same time. But every year we can’t wait for it. It’s signing day.
To this point, both Florida and USF have put together good classes by their standards.
From 2004 to 2008, the Bulls pulled in commitments from seven players ranked by Rivals.com to be four-star talents or higher (Mike Ford was the lone five-star). This year, USF has six four-star players who are currently committed, led by Armwood’s (Seffner, FL) Ryne Giddins. Rivals rates Giddins as the third best weak-side defensive end in the nation and the 61st best player overall. For Giddins, it came down to the Bulls or the Gators and for the first time ever, USF won out in a head-to-head battle with Florida.
Florida – expected to have a smaller than usual class – currently has 16 commitments, but has an average rating on Rivals of 3.88. By comparison, the Gators’ last three classes averaged 3.89, 3.89, and 3.82. So for those of you out there that think this is a down year by Florida standards, it’s not. Especially when you consider the Gators are still very much in play for standouts Joshua Evans, Jelani Jenkins, Jarvis Jones, and Denard Robinson. Evans, Jones, and Robinson are all rated as four-star prospects, and Jenkins is #10 on Rivals Top 100 list.
Tomorrow we will sit on needles. There could be a signing day switch or two that could upset us, but just remember both schools appear to be in good shape and putting together classes fans should be proud of. Until tomorrow, don’t stress, just sit back and enjoy the game that is recruiting.