Florida Football: Re-Grading the 2009 Recruiting Class

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Florida Football: Re-Grading the 2009 Recruiting Class
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The Florida Gators were riding high in 2008. The Gators finished the season 13-1 and beat Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship. Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes decided to return for their senior seasons, and the Gators looked primed to become repeat national champions. 

The 2009 recruiting class wasn't the biggest, but at the time it was thought that Florida chose quality over quantity. The class was ranked as high as No. 5 in the country by ESPN and was ranked the No. 11 class by Rivals

With 5-star prospects like Gary Brown, Jelani Jenkins and Andre Debose, the Gators were thought to have hit several home runs in recruiting, and this recruiting class was going to pick up where Tebow and Spikes left off and keep Florida on top. 

As fickle as recruits can be about committing and staying committed, the process of projecting recruiting classes and grading them on national signing day is also unpredictable. 

So, with four years to give us clarity, let's take a look back and re-grade the 2009 recruiting class. 

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