With less than two weeks until National Signing Day, Florida football fans haven’t held back their complaints about the 2017 recruiting class.
It appears the Gators won’t sign a 5-star prospect, nor will they finish with a top-10 class. Florida is No. 23 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
But another frustration for fans is seeing former UF coach Will Muschamp have a higher-ranked class at South Carolina, with the Gamecocks coming in at No. 15.
This begs the question: Does Muschamp really have a better recruiting class than Jim McElwain?
Well, recruiting rankings don’t tell the whole story. Every recruit is worth a certain amount of points in the team rankings. The more commitments you have, the higher your class ranking will be.
South Carolina has 23 pledges now, which is eight more than the Gators. Sixteen of the 22 teams ranked ahead of Florida have 19 or more commits.
UF has seven 4-star recruits and eight 3-star prospects. South Carolina has five 4-star recruits and 18 3-star prospects. Florida’s average star rating is 88.67, which is higher than the Gamecocks (87.02), Miami (87.75), Tennessee (87.39), Texas A&M (88.14) and three others ranked ahead of the Gators in the team rankings.
Lastly, five of South Carolina’s 23 commits had an offer from the Gators. Seven of Florida’s 15 commits held one from the Gamecocks.
Muschamp had success in his first season at South Carolina and is doing well on the recruiting trail. However, his 2017 class is not better than Florida’s in terms of quality, even if it’s ranked higher.