2017 Florida Gators Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Florida Gators Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
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Florida Gators Recruiting Class Overview
Fine, there are many who might be a wee bit grouchy that Florida isn’t getting the same five-star types that Alabama, Georgia, and others are snapping up, but this is still an amazing class loaded with very, very good prospects. There are more great players for the defense, but the offense is getting the big-time killers. Is this the recruiting season that changes the Gator attack to fun with a little bit of gun? Sort of, with a few outstanding offensive linemen signed on in T.J. Moore and Kadeem Telfort, and two potentially special receivers in tight end Kemore Gamble and receiver Daquon Green.
The defense that’s been so great, though, is getting even better and even nastier, with Zachary Carter a potentially special end, and Kyree Campbell yet another big body for the interior. The linebackers aren’t projected to be quite as good as some of the other areas, but there are options, and there are the …
The Florida Gators Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. And why not? Considering what a first round NFL Draft factory Florida has become for defensive backs, it’s an easy sell at this point. Considering all the big losses over the last few years, there could be chances for some of the young guys to see time right away. Brad Stewart has the size and the talent to be the next great Gator corner, but fellow recruit Marco Wilson is even faster and Shawn Davis might be just as good.
The Star of the Florida Gators Class Is …
DE Zachary Carter, 6-5, 245, Tampa, FL – While he’ll need a little while to refine his skills and become more polished – like almost all recruits, no matter what – he’s a potentially special pass rusher with the right frame, the right motor, and the right upside to potentially be the one who stands out as yet another dominant Gator force behind the line. From Alabama to Ohio State, and Clemson to USC, and Michigan to Tennessee, everyone wanted him to be one of their top defensive playmakers.
The Florida Gators Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Cornerback. Losing three of the top four tacklers is a big problem, and at some point, losing great defensive back after great defensive back is going to matter. Everything was fine last season, but it’s going to hurt not having around two first round-caliber corners in Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson. These two All-Americans combined for seven interceptions and 66 tackles.