As we reach the midway point of the 2012 recruiting season both Florida and Florida State are putting together top ranked classes. A closer look shows how eerily similar both classes are at this time from a rankings point of view.
Florida State currently has 13 verbal commitments for the class of 2012 with two five star players in Dante Fowler and Mario Edwards a pair of defensive ends. Edwards is the second ranked defensive end prospect while Fowler checks in at number six.
The Seminoles have a total of seven four star players including defensive end Chris Casher, tight end Christo Kourtzidis, safety P.J. Williams, running back Mario Pender, outside linebacker Markuss Eligwe, defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey and offensive tackle/defensive linemen Alphonse Taylor. Adding to the class is three star offensive linemen James Hamilton, two star quarterback Sean Maguire and two prospects currently unranked with Kicker Cason Beatty and Punter Roberto Aguayo.
The Florida Gators also currently have 13 players committed for the class of 2012 and counter with two five star players of their own with the second ranked cornerback prospect Brian Poole and the seventh ranked offensive tackle prospect Jessamen Dunker.
The Gators have a total of seven four star players as well with tight end Colin Thompson, running back Matt Jones, outside linebacker Lorenzo Phillips, running back Mike Davis, defensive end Quinteze Williams, outside linebacker Jeremi Powell and defensive tackle/offensive tackle Omari Phillips. The Seminoles have one three star player as the Gators sit with three in defensive tackle Jafar Mann, corner back Willie Bailey and wide receiver Latroy Pittman. Florida also has an unranked Kicker with Austin Hardin.
So while the fierce in-state rival will continue from the fans trying to tear each other down the fact of the matter is both teams have great classes at this time. If I didn't know any better I would think these guys coached together at LSU or something from say 2001 to 2004. Moving forward you can expect a little more action down in Gainesville as the Gators will probably push the 26-27 mark while Florida State should hit 22-24 depending on attrition in Tallahassee moving forward.