Friday Night Links: Jeff Demps, Tim Tebow, D.J. Humphries, And More

Time once again. It’s Friday and the weekend is upon us. Those of you on the East coast may have already started your weekend while the rest of you count down the final few hours. Here are some links to get you through the weekend. We’re now less than four weeks away from the first game of the college football season. It’s oh so close, but not here just yet, so read up.

Let the links begin…
How will the Gators do this season? (Upon Further Review Sports)
It’s less than 33 days away from the first Florida football game, but earlier this week it was exactly that and #33 was Errict Rhett. (Gator Envy)

Also in the jersey numbers file, Jeff Demps may have a new one. (CBS Sports)

A little USF for you. Could the Bulls wear green helmets in the future? (The Bull Rush)
Lists are fun. Here’s the top 40 players in the SEC according to Athlon. (Athlon)

Denard Robinson was more than exciting last season. This time around, Michigan has a new system. Can Robinson succeed? (National Football Post)

It has been Tim Tebow week. (National Football Post)
We just had to direct you to this again. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)
Purdue has new uniforms. Dislike. (CBS Sports)
Will Muschamp is a man. He’s 40. Be sure to check out all of the 50 for 50 installments while you’re at it. (Alligator Army)

And finally, D.J. Humphries is set to commit tonight. Florida is among the finalists. (ESPN)

Tomorrow is Christmas Signing Day

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.