For Florida fans who celebrate Festivus, many spent Dec. 23 airing out their grievances about the Class of 2017.
Florida currently is No. 20 nationally in the team recruiting rankings, which is ninth among SEC programs. But don’t hand out coal just yet, Gator Nation.
There’s still six weeks remaining until National Signing Day and three weekends in January for official visitors.
Florida’s recruiting class gets coal if …
3 defensive tackles don’t sign
This is the biggest concern for the Gators moving forward. They had three commitments at the position, but all of them left for various reasons. Florida stopped the bleeding just before the dead period by adding prep school prospect Kyree Campbell. He’ll enroll at Florida in early January and provide depth in the spring.
But the Gators need to land at least two more defensive tackles by signing day. Aubrey Solomon, a 5-star recruit from Leesburg, Ga., is the top target and plans to give the Gators his last official visit on Jan. 27. They’re also in the mix for 3-star defensive tackles Alec Jackson (Montgomery, Ala.) and Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.), both of whom will visit UF next month.
No more cornerbacks commit
The Gators always wanted to sign at least four cornerbacks for 2017. With early enrollee Shawn Davis now expressing the desire to play safety in college, it’s even more important. In addition to Davis, Florida has commitments from 4-star cornerbacks Elijah Blades and Marco Wilson.
Two more 4-star cornerbacks, C.J. Henderson (Miami) and Brad Stewart (New Orleans), will officially visit the Gators in January. Both are considered Florida’s to lose, and the Gators must close the deal on both targets during their trips to Gainesville. If they don’t, it will leave a void.
Gators fail to add more linemen
Offensive linemen aren’t needed by Florida from a depth standpoint. Barring attrition, UF will return all 15 players next year. However, the Gators only have one commitment at the position in 4-star offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort. He’s a quality prospect, but signing just one offensive lineman would come back to bite this team in the future.
The Gators were unable to flip two of their top targets (Alex Leatherwood and Navaughn Donaldson) before the dead period, and now they turn their attention to 4-star offensive tackles T.J. Moore (Charlotte, N.C.), Tony Gray (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), a Michigan commit. Florida has to land at least one of those recruits.
All rankings come via the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.