Grading the 2011 Class: Receivers and TE

With the emphasis on defensive recruiting down the stretch, much of the offensive players signed in the class of 2011 were kind of forgotten on signing day. We have already talked about the quarterbacks, running back, and fullback, now it is time to talk receivers and tight ends.

Florida needed to add both to the class an did well for themselves, here is what I think about how they finished at the positions.

The one thing Florida was looking for at receiver was some height. With only Stephen Alli on roster over the 6-2 threshold, adding a star receiver with some length is something they just had to do. They got one and added a stud small jitterbug as well.

WR Javares McRoy (5-9, 180) Lakeland; JaJuan Story (6-4, 200) Brooksville Nature Coast;

McRoy was the best receiver at Florida's showcase recruiting camp, Friday night lights. He was the second best receiver in the 2009 version only behind Chris Dunkley. McRoy can be a dynamic kick or punt returner as well and in my opinion is the most under rated prospect in the 2011 class. His arrival on campus early means you cannot discount him for early playing time and it is likely to happen this season. Even though his height is a limitation, there are few on the roster that can do what he can do with the ball in his hands and at the speed he does it.

The size came in the form of Under Armour All-American Story. Outside of his near departure to Ohio State at the end, getting Story on board was a great get for the Gators. He is a bit raw having not played the position very long, but Story has all the physical tools to be a beast and should be a great fit as an outside receiver in the Charlie Weis offense at Florida. He has strength and speed to burn and is unusually athletic for his size.

TE A.C. Leonard (6-3, 230) Jacksonville University Christian:

Leonard is always a star when he is allowed to play. He was the best tight end at Friday night lights among a star-studded group. He was the MVP of the Southeast Region Badger Sport 7-on-7 Championships in Tampa in 2010, and he was an Under Armour All-American. He could be a Aaron Hernandez clone with a little more height and has the same type of game that Hernandez does. He absolutely catches everything thrown at him. He had an attitude problem that kept him from playing most of his senior season after an altercation on the field, but if he can keep that in check, he could a special threat as the "move" tight end in the Florida offense.

Needs: Two tall receivers and an in-line tight end. The Gators landed one tall receiver and then an absolutely explosive smaller receiver. Leonard is not considered an in-line tight end, but again they netted a better athlete than most any other tight end in the country.

Grade: I'll give them an A- for the receiver and tight end positions. You cannot argue about the talent they brought in at the positions, however they missed on another big receiver and a tight end that can act as an extension of the line of scrimmage (in-line tight end).

2012 Class Needs: The state and southeast region are loaded with bigger receivers and the Gators should try to land two that are at least 6 feet tall. Getting a monster 6-3 plus receiver should be on the agenda if possible. The Gators have 11 receivers on scholarship and only one senior, so numbers are not an issue at this time, barring position changes.

The Gators really need to get an in-line tight end. The only one on the current roster that may fit the description is redshirt freshman Mike McFarland and we have no idea how he can compete physically yet. They need a guy that can primarily be a blocker and occasionally run routes in the pass patterns.

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