Florida is the new USC, playing catch-up with their early departures and turning out gifted athletes almost in spite of their better interests.
With the pending departures of juniors CB Joe Haden, DE Carlos Dunlap, the Pouncey twins, Ahmad Black, Aaron Hernandez, and, of course, the senior class, Florida will need to restock a majority of talent as well as anticipate similar departures next year.
Such is life when you take the most talented players in the business—you face the football equivalent of the one-and-done.
Still, Florida is bringing in many of the country's most talented athletes and is slated to sign more by the end.
They took the country's top two safeties and the second-best corner in Jonathon Dowling, Demar Dorsey, and Matt Elam (pictured), respectively, and added Joshua Shaw, Cody Riggs, Demar Dorsey, and Jaylen Hawkins, four more defensive backs who are all fringe five-star talents.
Don't be surprised if, like with Alabama, the Florida coaches see a need at OLB and move one of them down in camp.
The Gators are in play for top DE Ronald Powell and running back Lache Seastrunk, and they've got five-star RB Mack Brown of Georgia in the fold, in case Jeff Demps decides to leave, too.
Four-star TE Gerald Christian will either train behind or replace Hernandez, and Neiron Ball, Leon Orr, and Lyndon Trail, all four-stars, are immense talents who will train immediately for the Gator D-Line.
ESPN thinks OT Ian Silberman is one of the best tackles in the nation, and he'll need to be if he has to protect John Brantley's blind side in the coming years.
Florida struggled with offensive line protection under the dubious direction of OC Steve Addazio, who might be getting his walking papers if the Gators struggle against Cincy.
They missed out on Jeff Luc, the five-star middle linebacker who committed to Florida State (probably once he heard Charlie Strong was leaving for Louisville), and the UF defense's struggles with Brandon Spikes on the sideline are an indication that they could use an all-star here.
But there's no one currently on the Gators' radar, and, at least for this class, that's a bad miss.
I consider Seantrel Henderson still a possibility, though many believe he's Big Ten bound, but there's also Seastrunk, WRs Darius White, Christian Green and the very likely Chris Dunkley to consider. Still, wide receiver is not as important as middle linebacker, and in my eyes, that's a miss the Florida defense will be feeling next year.