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Florida, Georgia pushing top 5
Florida and Georgia both have top-10 classes in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and the SEC rivals are neck-and-neck in the team rankings.
The Gators’ 2018 class — currently at 249.17 points — is ranked No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Bulldogs (246.01) are right behind Florida with the nation’s No. 7 class.
The average star rating for Florida (90.41) and Georgia (90.19) trails only Alabama (91.03) among conference teams.
Which SEC East program will finish with a higher-ranked class? Let’s breakdown the possible additions for both UF and UGA.
In my latest mock class, I projected Florida to land wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, offensive linemen William Barnes, Richard Gouraige and Ed Montilus, defensive linemen Andrew Chatfield and Jordan Davis and defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles, who is currently committed to Nebraska.
The Gators now have 18 commits after Gouraige joined the class last Friday, and they appear to be in great shape with Schwartz, Chatfield, Barnes and Montilus.
I’m not confident on Davis or Radley-Hiles, but I like Florida’s chances better with them than other UF targets at their positions.
If those six predictions come to fruition and the Gators keep their commits in the fold, the class would have a team score of 277.80, according to the 247Sports class calculator.
With that score, Florida finishes No. 8 or No. 9 in the rankings based on previous years. If 5-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere commits, that number jumps to 284.67 and likely results in a top-5 class.
In addition to the Bulldogs’ 17 commits, they’re expected to land running back James Cook and offensive linemen Trey Hill and Jamaree Salyer. Those three players alone would put UGA at 280.34 points — likely the No. 7 spot in the final 247Sports composite rankings.
If the Bulldogs can land their other top target, 4-star defensive end KJ Henry, they go up to 289.90 and finish no lower than fourth in the rankings.
Florida and Georgia both have the potential for top-5 classes, but UGA may be able to reach that ranking with fewer additions.
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