This is the sixth consecutive time that Kevin O’Sullivan’s recruiting class has been ranked in the top eight by the publication, ranked No. 1 in 2009, No. 5 in 2010, No. 8 in 2011, No. 7 in 2012 and No. 1 in 2013. Florida’s No. 1 ranked freshman class last season helped lead the program to a Southeastern Conference title.
The 11-man class of newcomers this year had seven players drafted -- the second-highest number of drafted players ever landed in a Florida recruiting class. The group consists of 10 freshman and junior college transfer Taylor Lewis, a right-handed pitcher that will be a high leverage reliever this spring. Lewis was taken in the 38th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Joining Lewis as incoming players drafted are catcher J.J. Schwarz (17th round/Milwaukee), catcher Mike Rivera (33rd round/Oakland), outfielder/left-handed pitcher Logan Browning (36th round/Cincinnati), infielder Dalton Guthrie (40th round/Minnesota), infielder Taylor Lane (Milwaukee/38th round), right-hander Alex Faedo (38th round/Detroit).
“We have seven drafted players in school after having a school-record eight draftees come to Florida last year so that has given us a strong foundation in back-to-back years,” O’Sullivan said. “This group complements our needs going forward.”
The No. 1 class ranking went to LSU, making this the 11th time in the last 12 years an SEC school has taken home the honor.