Georgia vs. Florida: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
Georgia versus Florida is always one of the best games of the college football season. The two programs share a rich history of winning, but they do not like each other.
While this weekend's game will be an interesting matchup, the pair of SEC juggernauts are also both doing well in recruiting. The Bulldogs and Gators have both put together impressive classes for 2014, as each group features great talent.
The rivalry will be renewed on the field Saturday, but it has never stopped on the recruiting trail.
Georgia's 2014 Recruiting Class Capsule
Georgia has done an outstanding job in recruiting this year. The Bulldogs have slowly reconstructed a fence around their state in recent cycles, plus they do a solid job of reaching around the South for talent.
Head coach Mark Richt has a 17-man recruiting class that features players from five different states. He has eight in-state commitments, plus states such as Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and South Carolina have prospects headed for Athens.
The Bulldogs have nine offensive commitments, followed by eight defensive pledges. Reinforcements in the trenches is the theme of the class, as UGA has seven prospects that play at the line of scrimmage.
Florida's 2014 Recruiting Class Capsule
Head coach Will Muschamp has proven to be an excellent recruiter at Florida. Known for having exceptional talent, the program has not regressed in quality under the defensive-minded coach.
The Gators have a smaller class with 14 commitments, but it packs a big punch. Muschamp clearly understands his program resides in an outstanding state for talent, evidenced by him collecting nine pledges from in-state prospects.
Yet Florida also has states such as Alabama, South Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and North Carolina represented in its group. The offensive line leads the way with four commitments, while the secondary has three.
Georgia's Top 2014 Commitments
The Bulldogs grabbed a talented quarterback in this class by landing 4-star passer Jacob Park. At 6'3" and 202 pounds, Park has good arm strength and mobility to make various plays.
Lamont Gaillard is an explosive 4-star defensive tackle who has great strength. The 6'3", 310-pounder can play nose tackle or defensive end in the Dawgs' 3-4 scheme. He will form a great tandem with fellow 4-star defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, while 4-star defensive end Keyon Brown will help rush the passer.
The talented trio of defensive linemen will get great reps in practice by facing 4-star offensive linemen Kendall Baker and Isaiah Wynn. Malkom Parrish and Kendall Gant are 4-star defensive backs who will help the secondary.
Florida's Top 2014 Commitments
The Gators have a future star in 5-star quarterback Will Grier. At 6'3" and 180 pounds, the North Carolina native displays great timing and accuracy. Grier also is a deceptive runner who has above-average speed.
He will love throwing to Ermon Lane, a 5-star receiver who is 6'3" and 193 pounds. Lane has great quickness off the line, plus he possesses outstanding ball skills. J.C. Jackson is a 4-star receiver who will also make some plays in Gainesville.
Both receiver prospects will enjoy fierce battles in practice with 4-star cornerbacks Chris Lammons and Duke Dawson. Khairi Clark is a 4-star defensive tackle who has terrific size at 6'2" and 325 pounds.
Georgia's 2014 Headliner
The Bulldogs have great talent in their class, but the centerpiece is 5-star running back Sony Michel. From Florida, the talented recruit is one of the premier players in the country.
Michel, who is 5'11" and 205 pounds, has great physical and mental tools to be successful in college. He can run with different styles due to his amazing blend of speed and strength. Michel has the ability to read front-seven alignments before the snap, plus he shows the vision to see back-side holes.
The Sunshine State runner has excellent quickness to and through lanes, as he can skate upfield due to his outstanding burst. Michel has impressive balance as well as strength to break a tackle or two.
With his quickness and hands, he is also capable of making a big impact in the passing game.
Florida's 2014 Headliner
The best player in the Gators class is 5-star running back Dalvin Cook. A Miami native, Cook is one of the most exciting players in the national 2014 class.
With his 5'11" and 190-pound frame, Cook has electric ability with the ball. He displays incredible quickness to and through alleys, as he can jump on top of second-level defenders. His burst and running style is sudden but smooth.
Cook has above-average vision and instincts, evidenced by his ability to read blocks on the move. He explodes out of his cuts before shooting upfield to pull away from tacklers.
Cook has adequate strength to hold his own as an inside runner, plus he has the potential to be lethal on screens, swings and check-downs in the passing game.
Although Florida boasts three 5-star recruits, Georgia is the winner of this recruiting class battle. The Bulldogs have a 5-star player of their own in running back Sony Michel, plus they have slightly more depth.
Aside from the three 5-star prospects, Florida has five 4-star recruits. Yet Georgia has 11 4-star recruits to go along with the 5-star services of Michel.
The teams will fiercely compete on the field this weekend, but the Dawgs are the victors when it comes to recruiting right now.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Florida and Georgia both have several commitments who are featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!