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Florida Football's 2013 Losses Not Influencing 2014 Recruiting Class

Florida (4-5) lost to South Carolina on Saturday.
Florida (4-5) lost to South Carolina on Saturday.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

Frustrations are riding high for the Florida Gators (4-6).

But despite losing five consecutive games and compiling an injury list comparable to that of the 2013 Green Bay Packers, Florida's 2014 recruits have not been dissuaded by the team's recent shortcomings.

Multiple recruits from the Gators' 2014 class have publicly voiced their loyalty to the program via Twitter, particularly in light of Florida's losses to both Vanderbilt and South Carolina in the last two weeks.

Incoming quarterback Will Grier, a 4-star recruit according to Rivals.com, was in attendance for Florida's game versus South Carolina and posted this Tweet last evening.

Grier, arguably Florida's biggest recruit in 2014, sparked a conversation amongst fellow future teammates upon uploading the video.

The Davidson, N.C. native, has thrown for 70 touchdowns and 4,390 yards in 12 games, according to MaxPreps.com.

Tight end Deandre Goolsby tweeted at Grier and Florida commit Ermon Lane, a 4-star recruit according to Rivals.com., shortly thereafter, hinting Florida's passing game would be "cold" in 2014.

Goolsby, a 6'4", 4-star recruit out of Kansas according to Rivals.com, committed to Florida on Nov. 8, and hopes to shore up a position that has fell well short of expectations in 2013.

The lack of production at countless positions, including tight end and receiver, has opened up competition for several incoming skill players in 2014.

And head coach Will Muschamp believes it to be a good thing.

"We're doing fine," Muschamp told Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald earlier in October of Florida's recruiting. "We're doing fine. Some of those guys look at it as, 'What a great opportunity to come to a program like Florida and play [right away].'"

And rightfully so.

In the last five weeks, Florida has averaged 17 points per game and 158.6 yards passing. And those on the receiving end of the passing game have failed to produce; the Gators haven't had an 100-yard receiver since Week 5.

Not surprisingly, Florida has hit a severe snag, and it's growing increasingly clearer that opportunities are to be had for the program's incoming recruits, including Lane, Goolsby and Grier.

And by the looks of things, success is expected.

You can follow Charles on Twitter at @chuckkingsbury





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