Florida Gators: Recruits That May Start the 2010 Season
It's official: The Florida Gators are reloading with powerful recruits, and are atop of the recruiting boards. Some may argue that this recruiting class must be strong to help the Gators reload after losing so many stars this season.
Let's take a look at some recruits who may be in a position to start at the beginning of the season, and who they could replace or push to the second team.
DE: Ronald Powell Replacing Dunlap or Cunningham
Jermaine Cunningham has graduated, and junior Carlos Dunlap has announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
Ronald Powell shocked the college football world by announcing Florida as his choice over USC. The Trojans had pursued Powell since his sophomore year in high school.
Powell is best as a weakside defensive end. At 6'4" and 250 pounds, he runs the 40 at 4.6 seconds.
His strengths, according to Scout.com, is his athleticism, lateral range, and size.
Clearly, Powell may be called on to start or be an immediate backup to Duke Lemmens or Justin Trattou.
DB: Matt Elam Replacing Major Wright
Matt Elam, now that he is enrolled at Florida, could immediately add to an already potent Gator secondary.
Now that Major Wright has decided to leave Florida early, Elam has an opportunity to start, or at a minimum back up Will Hill, Janoris Jenkins, or Moses Jenkins.
Rivals.com has Elam listed as the No. 1 Safety in the state of Florida, No. 2 Safety in the country, and the No. 25 overall player in the country.
Scout.com has Elam the No. 1 Safety in the country.
RB: Mack Brown Replacing Brandon James
The Gator Nation will definitely miss Brandon James returning kicks, but get ready for Mack Brown.
Brown, coming out of MLK Jr. High School of Lithonia, Ga, has heavy competition to contend with at the RB position behind Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, and Emmanuel Moody, but could contribute immediately on Special Teams.
DB: Jordan Haden Replacing His Brother, Joe Haden
Now that "All-Everything" Joe Haden has announced his departure from Florida, is it time for his baby brother, Jordan, to come in and pick up where he left off?
To be fair to Jordan, it is unfair to compare him to his brother Joe. However, Jordan is capable of becoming a great college football player, and the Gator Nation should allow him to do it at his pace and time frame.
Jordan also plays RB, so don't be surprised if he one day starts on the other side of the ball.
WR: Andre Debose Replacing Riley Cooper
Yes, I know, Andre Debose was a 2009 recruit, but due to an injury that sidelined him for the entire season, he will hopefully start in the 2010 season.
Debose, a native of Sanford, Fla., will be a welcomed addition to the WR corp, an area sorely in need of production.
Also, incoming 2010 WR recruit Chris Dunkley could be another new face for coach Addazio's offense. With QB John Brantley behind center, this could prove to be an exciting tandem.