Florida Gators Football

Chaz Green, Adrian Coxson, and Ronald Powell Propel Gators to No. 1 Class

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators stands on the field before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Bryan KellySenior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2010

Chaz Green and Adrian Coxson, two recruits up in the air about their commitments, joined No. 1 recruit Ronald Powell and the rest of the Florida Gators' solid signees in faxing letters of intent to Gainesville today.

Green, the No. 4 offensive tackle, and Coxson, a top-shelf wide receiver, were rumored to be leaning towards Florida heading into National Signing Day. They made their intentions official earlier this morning.

Powell, who committed to Florida at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January, never wavered from his commitment, though Tennessee and USC came on strong.

This is bad news for Texas fans, who were hoping their Longhorns would leapfrog Florida for best class in the nation.

The Horns closed their recruitment on a high note, landing DE Jackson Jeffcoat and OLB Jordan Hicks on the same day, while Florida lost Demar Dorsey in the waning weeks.

But Green and Coxson are two stellar recruits. Their commitments surely will raise the profile of the Gators' incoming class just enough to edge Texas in the final poll.

The Gators remained in position to knock off Texas by virtue of keeping recruits in play up until signing day.

The Longhorns had effectively wrapped their class at 25 with the commitment of kicker William Russ and the all-star landings of Jeffcoat and Hicks.

Meanwhile, Florida was in the mix for top recruits like Green, ESPN's fourth-best tackle and a crucial recruit on the line, as well as Coxson, who decommitted from Penn State earlier this year and is expected to give Florida more options on the outside.

Had they not landed these two players, the knock on Florida's class—that they weren't balancing their offensive needs against the boatload of players they were bringing in on defense—would ring true.

But Green's and Coxson's announcements will definitely sway recruitniks' minds that the Gators are back to their old ways. Completeness might not be a sexy descriptor, but it's what distinguishes a good class from a great one.

Landing the No. 1 overall recruit and a key playmaker on defense, plus others at the skill positions and an athletic boulder on the offensive line, was all Florida needed to be the greatest in the country.

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