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When Urban Meyer inked his final recruiting class in 2010, it was quickly deemed a potentially historic one.
The reason? An incredible haul of defensive linemen.
Besides signing Ronald Powell, the nation’s top recruit, Meyer was able to get commitments from the two top defensive tackles in the country in Sharrif Floyd and Dominique Easley.
While all three have shown flashes, inconsistency and injuries have prevented the group from taking the SEC by storm.
Although their chance of finally emerging took a big hit when Powell tore his ACL in Florida’s spring game, coach Will Muschamp’s strong recruiting class has bolstered the depth of an already impressive group.
With Floyd penciled in as a starter (either at defensive end or tackle), Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn have a bunch of capable bodies to call upon on game day.
Senior Omar Hunter is a former 5-star recruit who has been solid but unspectacular to this point. However, the 314-pounder is a locker-room leader who should do better in his second year in Quinn’s system.
Redshirt sophomore Leon Orr stands at a menacing 6’5”, 305 pounds and could be a player to emerge. JUCO signee Damien Jacobs is also expected to be an immediate contributor in 2012.
The Gators attacked the defensive end position with their 2012 recruiting class, signing four edge players to help fix an anemic pass rush.
Muschamp’s biggest get was Jonathan Bullard, the nation’s top strong-side defensive end. The 6’3”, 263-pounder has a great blend of pass-rush skills to go along with a good motor.
The Gators' defensive end group also features Earl Okine, a 6’7” senior, and freshmen Dante Fowler Jr., Bryan Cox Jr. and the 6’6” Alex McCalister.
For a conference that's won in the trenches, the Gators have a unit blessed with talent, athleticism and youth.