Billy Napier, respect

I have to admit, after seeing the Gators’ class yesterday, I may have underestimated their new head coach a little.  No, it’s definitely not a class for the ages.  In fact at No. 50 in the 247Sports Composite, it’s downright the worst class a Florida head coach has signed in as long as I can remember, but Napier’s done a masterful job in selling it, as this tweet indicates.

If signing the SEC’s lowest ranked class is overdelivering, I’m here for years and years of that.

And he’s hardly alone with that take.

Georgia signed more five-star recruits than any other program in the country.  FSU, despite being pantsed by Coach Prime, still ranks seventeenth in the Composite.  Yet, somehow, Florida is seen as having had the better day over both.

I don’t know how good a coach Napier will turn out to be in Gainesville, but he’s already got the makings of being a skilled salesman.  You can go a long way in college football just on that alone.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Gators, Gators..., Recruiting

32 responses to “Billy Napier, respect

  1. gastr1

    Alabama signed another 5-star QB yesterday.

    That’s all I have to say.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    If he can conduct a press conference without alienating everybody, he’s already a step ahead of his predecessor.

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  3. practicaldawg

    The portal has gutted them too. I’m not sure they have a WR on the roster, and I don’t see one in their 2022 class. Also, they better hope AR 15 figures out how to play more than one game in a row without getting hurt next year.


  4. Down Island Way

    Believe Prime sold a bag of goods towards that numero ono $$$$ at the next level, any coach worth their secondary salt would and could have done the same (CKS included) with a student athlete that darn skilled, nobody on jackson state schedule is gonna’ throw that guys way in the next 3 years…NIL in the $ec pay$ better…


  5. What? The talent gap between Athens, Tuscaloosa and College Station with Hogtown got wider yesterday. How can anyone possibly think Florida was a winner yesterday?

    This Florida class is nothing like our 2013 class. Our guys disappeared. Their guys never signed.

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    • Down Island Way

      Question, all those that remotely believe the previous FU moronic hc would have signed this class raise their hands…#FTMF


    • theotherdoug

      Napier being the HC wasn’t enough to flip anyone or get the current guys with one foot into the portal to hold off. Venables immediately had an impact at Oklahoma for example, but that didn’t happen for Napier. He’s going to need a hell of a lotta luck in the next two seasons to get enough wins while rebuilding the roster.


  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Sports press falling over themselves to praise a FU HC. Seems oddly familiar, but I just can’t recall the last time this happened…

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  7. dawgleg

    I seldom post, but let me be the first to say FTMF

    Liked by 9 people

  8. Whiskey Dawg

    Get Napier’s brand GATOR OIL. Feel better about your recruiting. Helps stop diarrhea of the portal too!

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    The press..most are idiots.


  10. Sports journalism is dead. Since they can’t make the money, but have to write about things like an OC getting a bonus for their punter making all-conference, the writers now spout ridiculous takes just to see if it causes a “like” stir on social media. It’s a stupid list from a stupid source. Honestly, the Senator should be in the running for a Peabody Award given the competition.

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  11. The sports media loves themselves some Hogtown horseshit stories. FU signs a crater of a recruiting class (one of the worst in FU history) and Napier “overdelivers”. Wait for his ability to “over-develope” 2 star talent. He will also be able to convert water into Gatorade, it will be amazing. All the bootlicking sports reporters can take a long walk on a short pier. I’d have respect for, or at the very least read articles by reporters that call out the obvious and just report. Let the readers draw their own conclusions about Napier’s effectiveness. Was he to blame for the shitty recruiting class…no, you can acknowledge both that the class was below expectation and it wasn’t his fault at the same time.


  12. Ole Dokes

    Billy Ocean looks like a white version of Aaron Hernandez in the linked photograph. Weird.