Clearly, Coach Urban Meyer has learned the fine arts of delegation and leading from the top.
The Florida Gators have signed four of the top ten high school recruits to their 2010 class. This could easily be Florida's greatest recruiting class ever.
Perhaps the greatest recruiting class of all time, period.
Let's take a look at the four that have signed on the dotted line for Florida, and see what they bring to the table.
Gator Nation—welcome Ronald Powell, the No. 1 high school recruit in the country. After watching video of his abilities, he reminds me of Jevon Kearse. Yes, he is that good.
He will most likely end up playing weakside defensive end, but don't be surprised if he plays linebacker or tight end. He has the athleticism to excel at these positions, and may see the field in the very near future.
The one knock on Powell is that he doesn't give his best effort at all times during practice. With maturity and experience dealing with Coach Urban Meyer this will soon disappear.
Obviously, Coach Urban Meyer and new Defensive Coordinator George Edwards are focusing on the D-Line, and Easley will emerge as a feared presence in the middle.
Easley, a 6'3" 258 lbs. defensive tackle from Staten Island, NY is an excellent addition. He could see the field his freshman year if he applies himself. He has the skills and athleticism to start.
Already enrolled at the University of Florida, Matt Elam will provide immediate excitement for the Gators.
Capable of playing RB, LB, or Safety, Elam may find the field immediately during the 2010 season. He may be the answer to Brandon James' departure on special teams.
Expect Elam to become a hard-hitting defensive back for the Gators.
Rounding out Florida's recruits who are in the overall top ten is Jonathan Dowling out of Southeast High School in Bradenton, Fla.
He is 6'3", but only 180 lbs., so clearly there is opportunity for Dowling to bulk up. Surely he will find his way on to special teams during his freshman season, and soon thereafter he will be making game-changing plays in the secondary.
His height will allow him to compete with any WR in the secondary, and he has the speed and ball-handling ability to grab a few pick-six's.
A top ten recruit who has yet to commit when this article was published is Seantrel Henderson, an offensive lineman from St. Paul, Minn. He would be a welcome addition to Coach Meyer's offense, and would do quite nicely protecting QB John Brantley's blind side.
As of now, the Florida Gators have signed four—five star, 18—four star, and five—three star recruits. It's not official, but Florida may sign the top class in 2010, and possibly the best class in college football history.