Muschamp Got the One He Needed

National signing day will come and go in less than a month and the Gators are set to announce another stellar recruiting class. When that day comes and Florida posts the signings of the student athletes, there will be one name missing that is likely the most important recruit for 2013. Dominique Easley will be a senior and recruiting him to stay for his last year was huge for 2013.

Dominique Easley hasn't been a world stopper so far on the playing field, but he has been an integral part of the defense for the last two years. It's a defense that has finished in the top ten in both of the last two years and one that should continue on thanks to him coming back for his senior season.

Playing on a hurt knee for most of the season Easley led the Gators in sacks from his defensive end position. A year earlier he was big inside playing defensive tackle and being disruptive.

As a junior, Easley mostly shed his penchant for jumping off-sides and did well making the transition to the outside.

With the loss of fellow seniors Earl Okine, Omar Hunter, and Lerentee McCray along with junior Sharrif Floyd for 2013, Easley could really help remedy the issues up front with his ability to play almost every spot on the line of scrimmage.

Returning also are freshmen all-conference defensive ends Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler who saw their fair share of time on the field in 2012 and were very productive. Also bolstering the numbers up front will be the return of junior Ronald Powell at the BUCK position who missed the entire junior year (2012) with a torn ACL.

Easley's versatility could very well mean that he starts inside with 2012 backups Leon Orr who will be a junior and senior-to-be Damien Jacobs also trying to man a spot on the interior. Both saw decent playing time in 2012. The Gators are very thin on the interior, especially with experience.

Adding to the mix inside is junior college transfer Darious Cummings, a junior college transfer that is expected to play a lot.

Still, Easley adds quite a bit of experience and should allow the others to settle into their roles on a defense that now seems to just need to fill some holes at safety.

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