Gators swamped with talent

Gators swamped with talent

first_img“No one is even that close to them,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CSTV said. “They got help everywhere. In the past 10 years, this has to rank right at the top in recruiting classes. Every position is absolutely loaded.” The Gators also were picked as the top class by SuperPrep, Rivals.com and National Blue Chips, beating out USC, Southeastern Conference rivals Tennessee and LSU, and Texas. Clausen made a high-profile commitment to the Irish in April at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., predicting four national titles for Notre Dame. “He heaped pressure on himself with the way he announced he was going to Notre Dame,” Wallace said. “He’s demonstrated that the added pressure has not affected him at all. If you play quarterback, especially at Notre Dame, you have to be able to handle that pressure. He could be perfectly suited for the situation.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Florida won the recruiting crown in nearly as dominating fashion as the national championship. The Gators capitalized on last month’s national title over Ohio State and down years from Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami to bring in the top recruiting class in the country Wednesday. center_img The Gators signed nine of the top 16 players in talent-rich Florida and the No. 1 players from South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and New England, according to Rivals.com. A coaching change at Miami and another down year for Florida State played a key part in the Gators’ success. “They play an exciting brand of ball on offense and defense and a lot of kids want be in that situation,” said Allen Wallace, the national recruiting editor for Scout.com and publisher of SuperPrep magazine. “There’s no question they’ve moved into the catbird seat in Florida.” Florida’s class includes Rivals’ third-best pro-style quarterback in John Brantley, the nation’s top guard in James Wilson and top weakside defensive end in Carlos Dunlap. Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Jimmy Clausen, the top-ranked player by Rivals and CSTV, headlines a top-10 class at Notre Dame and could be ready to step in next season as Brady Quinn’s replacement at quarterback. last_img

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