Florida Recruiting: The Chances 10 Top Unsigned Recruits Sign with the Gators
We are one day away from National Signing Day 2011, and the Gators are in unfamiliar territory. That is, Florida is looking up at several schools on the list.
When Urban Meyer bailed out of his gig in December, his recruiting efforts were incomplete for 2011. Will Muschamp had to pick up the ball and run with it.
How will the Gators do this recruiting season? There are many undeclared high school seniors and junior college prospects just waiting to be signed. Which ones will the Gators sign?
Let's take a look at the top 10 unsigned recruits and the chances they select Florida as their future home.
No. 10: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE—Asheville High School, North Carolina
One thing that we can definitely say about Pagan is that he cannot make up his mind. He was committed to the Florida Gators as early as April 2010 but then decommitted in November 2010. Then he committed to Clemson earlier this month only to decommit from the Tigers later in January.
The two schools that are on his list are Alabama and Georgia, but it is rumored that USC is also in the back of his mind. Will he return to the Gators' recruiting class? Don’t count on it.
Then again, who knows? He may change his mind on signing day and decide to sign with William & Mary.
Chances of signing with Florida: Slim. I'm predicting that he'll sign with Georgia.
No. 9: Erique Florence, Safety—Valley High School, Alabama
A player who has seen time at QB in high school, Florence will end up as a strong safety at the next level. Florida is among many schools that have made offers for his services, but at the end of the day the two schools that have legitimate shots at him are Auburn and USC.
Chances of signing with Florida: No chance whatsoever. I think he will scream "War Eagle" sometime Wednesday.
No. 8: Curtis Grant, Inside Linebacker—Hermitage High School, Virginia
The DC defensive player of the year, Grant is sought after by several top-flight schools in the FBS. His skills are strong in both pass and run defense, so obviously schools are quite interested in this 4-star prospect.
The schools that have the greatest shot at landing him on signing day are Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio State.
Chances of signing with Florida: Good—it’s between Florida and Ohio State.
No. 7: Stephone Anthony, Outside Linebacker—Anson Sr High School, North Carolina
Anthony, the Wadesboro, NC native, has kept quiet about his decision, and many schools are waiting with bated breath. The former Anson Senior High star will not hint whatsoever at what his decision will be.
The schools that remain in the running are Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
Chances of signing with Florida: Good—it’s down to Florida and North Carolina.
No. 6: Gabe Wright, Defensive Tackle—Carver High School, Georgia
Wright is currently holding approximately 35 scholarship offers from all over the country, and Florida is one of them. Unfortunately, the Gators are not on Gabe’s radar screen at this time.
The schools that remain under consideration are Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee.
Chance of signing with Florida: None—he and Isaiah Crowell are a package deal and will end up at Alabama.
No. 5: Tim Jernigan, Defensive Tackle—Columbia High School, Florida
Jernigan is a defensive tackle that is coveted for many reasons—his forceful presence in the trenches being No. 1. He consistently wins battles with offensive linemen, and with the body to build upon he can only become a tremendous force in college football.
FSU, Florida, LSU and Tennessee remain possible residences for Jernigan. One thing going for the Seminoles is that he is a cousin of former FSU stud Tamarick Vanover.
Chance of signing with Florida: Good—it’s between Florida and FSU.
No. 4: Tony Steward, Inside Linebacker—Pedro Menendez High School, Florida
Steward is a highly-coveted inside linebacker that frankly is leaning towards Tallahassee. Clemson and UCLA remain in the hunt, but if he doesn’t become a Seminole on Wednesday it will be a serious shocker.
Florida went after Steward, but he showed little interest in Gainesville.
Chance of signing with Florida: None—he will do the Seminole War Chant this coming Wednesday.
No. 3: Isaiah Crowell, Running Back—Carver High School, Georgia
Crowell is most likely a package deal with Gabe Wright—both from Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia.
Crowell is explosive from the moment he hits the hole without ever looking back. He also has lateral quickness and elusiveness that defenses will struggle containing.
It’s down to two schools: Georgia and Alabama.
Chance of signing with Florida: None—he and Wright will head to the land of the Crimson Tide.
No. 2: Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle—DeMatha Catholic High School, Maryland
One of the best offensive tackles in this year’s recruiting class, Kouandjio will be a star not only in college, but in the NFL too.
The only question now is where he will end up. Alabama, Auburn, Iowa and New Mexico—yes, the Lobos—are in the running for his services.
Chance of signing with Florida: None—and he hasn't hinted where he is leaning, so taking a guess, I say it will be Auburn.
No. 1: Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End—South Pointe High School, South Carolina
The top prize of the 2011 recruiting class is still undeclared, and several schools are praying hourly that they are picked on Wednesday.
South Carolina, Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and LSU are purported possible destinations for the man known as “JD.”
Chance of signing with Florida: None—he will stay in-state and select either South Carolina or Clemson.