Urban's assurance that he's not leaving must have resonated with the top recruiting prospects, as the Gators cleaned house at the Army All America Bowl.
Five star DE Matt Elam, five star DT Sharrif Floyd, and five star DE Ronald Powell, three of the top recruits in the nation, all announced during today's game that they would be heading to Gainesville.
Elam was a Gator prior to the SEC Championship, but uncommitted following Urban Meyer's decision to retire and instead committed to Florida State. During the week, he had a chat with Urban Meyer and Elam then uncommitted from Florida State. Now, he's come full circle and will be back in Gainesville.
Look for Elam to make plays on special teams, similar to Will Hill in 2008. He could work into the rotation later in the year, but I wouldn't expect him to make a large defensive impact until next year.
Sharrif Floyd is a huge pickup for the Gators, literally. He's a 310 lb. monster defensive lineman who can anchor the line in run support. He also fits in with the Gators' 3–3–5 nickel blitz if the Gators decide to continue the package.
Floyd was seen as a steal for the Gators. Ohio State seemed to have the edge all week, and with the Buckeye's stable program, the Gators were not in a very advantageous position. Still, Urban worked his magic and got the biggest man out there.
Ronald Powell, the MVP of the game, announced his commitment last. He had narrowed his choice down to Southern California and Florida.
USC had the inside track as Powell is a California native, but Pete Carroll's pending announcement as the Seattle Seahawks' head coach likely sent Powell to Florida.
He has good length and great speed and will probably be an immediate contributor as a pass rusher, especially if Dunlap decides to declare for the draft.
The three announcements give the Gators their biggest recruits in a class that is already loaded. TE Gerald Christian and RB Mack Brown had already placed this class in the top five, but the addition of Elam, Powell, and Floyd will likely place this class on top.
This will likely be the Gators' fourth top three class under Urban Meyer. National signing day is only weeks away, and with the Gators still in the running for a number of undecided five stars, this class could rival 2006 or 2007 in terms of on–paper talent.