If you haven’t heard, the Gators had a huge recruiting weekend. Huge.
Florida football and head coach Billy Napier had quite a great Saturday. They landed two commits from four-star offensive tackle Knijeah Harris and four-star athlete Creed Whittemore, the younger brother of current receiver Trent Whittemore. UF entered Saturday at No. 53 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings but emerged at No. 34 after the commitments.
They currently hold four verbal commitments in their 2023 recruiting class from Harris, Whittemore as well as four-star athlete Aaron Gates and three-star wide receiver Tyree Patterson. Florida currently sits just behind the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Gators fans shouldn’t panic at their team ranking just yet because it is still just May and realize their team only has four pledges. Looking at all the teams ahead of Florida, the Crimson Tide is the only program to hold fewer commits with three while LSU, Clemson and Oklahoma have four, too.
If fans want to make judgments about the Gators’ class, they should look at the average recruits’ ranking, which sits at 88.82. That number currently ranks 16th best out of all the programs ahead of them.
Sixteenth, mofos! Judge that.
Sounds awesome (well, for Florida, maybe), until you take a peek at the current SEC recruiting numbers over at the 247Sports Composite, where you will discover nine programs with better averages. Including Auburn, with a head coach on life support.
Technically speaking, you can say Florida is closing the recruiting gap between itself and Georgia. After all, Georgia remains mired in first place.