Florida finished with one of the best recruiting classes in the SEC on National Signing Day.
The Gators signed six more prospects Wednesday and have a total 19 members in their 2018 class, which is ranked No. 14 nationally in the 247Sports Composite.
Here are Florida’s grades for this year’s recruiting cycle:
Grading Florida’s 2018 offensive signing class
The Gators receive A grades for their haul at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Top-100 quarterback Emory Jones is an elite signal-caller and Florida added a dynamic duo to its backfield in 4-star recruits Dameon Pierce and Iverson Clement. The receiver position was upgraded with the signing of top-100 wideouts Jacob Copeland and Justin Watkins — along with WR transfers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson.
The class has a pair of tight ends in Dante Lang and Kyle Pitts, who is ranked the nation’s No. 5 tight end. Florida kept top-100 tackle Richard Gouraige in the fold and signed four offensive linemen in total. There’s now 17 players at the position for 2018. The Gators missed on their other in-state targets along the offensive line and that keeps the offensive signing class from earning an A.
Grading Florida’s 2018 defensive signing class
The Gators needed to land a few more players on the defensive side the ball, but still signed some top talent at positions of need. They added four defensive backs during the early signing period, though safety Randy Russell (heart condition) will receive a medical hardship. Early enrollees Amari Burney (S/LB) and Trey Dean (S/CB) are both top-200 overall prospects who could play more than one position. Florida also signed two of the state’s top linebackers in 4-star recruits Andrew Chatfield and David Reese.
The Gators came up short at cornerback and defensive tackle, which brings the grade down. However, neither position was a huge need for next season and Florida will likely load up at both spots in the 2019 class. Beating out Alabama for 4-star defensive end Malik Langham was a huge recruiting upset for the Gators. They’re also a finalist for junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald, who will announce on Friday.
Defensive grade: C+
Grading Florida’s 2018 overall signing class
First-year coach Dan Mullen should be happy with his inaugural class at Florida. The Gators’ commitment list went through a lot of changes in 2017 because of the coaching turnover, but Mullen weathered the storm and won some key recruiting battles on Wednesday and Dec. 20. Florida didn’t fill every need and missed on some top targets, but the offensive talent was upgraded and the defensive staff signed some quality players at linebacker and safety.
Overall grade: B