Gator News and World Report (2/2/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, February 2, 2006. Getting verbals is only part of the battle; Urban Meyer's signs of the future; Robinson, Doe were on board early at Florida; Family, friends say Spiller could have been a Gator; Next Stop, Gator Nation; Gators At Top Of Class; Spiller Pulls Surprise, Spurns Gators, 'Noles; Gators reap top class and lofty expectations and more...

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Getting verbals is only part of the battle
Urban Meyer came to Florida with a reputation for offense. During the last weeks of the recruiting season, he had to play a lot of defense.

Urban Meyer's signs of the future
Like most college football coaches, Urban Meyer knows that recruiting rankings are somewhat insignificant because signing classes can't truly be judged until three or four years down the road.

Robinson, Doe were on board early at Florida
Two local football players made official Wednesday they would be staying nearby in college, as P.K. Yonge receiver/defensive back Derrick Robinson and Suwannee linebacker Dustin Doe signed national letters of intent to play for Florida.

Family, friends say Spiller could have been a Gator
It's been a week filled with thought and reflection for C.J. Spiller, but not completely for the reasons most probably think.

First class check-in
The genesis for Florida's recruiting class goes back to a sunny November afternoon.

Football factories
Camden County and Charlton County are very different high schools. Camden County is one of the largest schools in Georgia's largest classification. Charlton County is one of the smallest schools in the state's second smallest classification. Camden is a relative newcomer as a powerhouse. Charlton has a long history of being one of the state's elite programs

Next Stop, Gator Nation
ollege football is in the planning stages for the 2006 season, and already Florida has beaten Florida State, Southern Cal, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Gators At Top Of Class
The guy who considers recruiting rankings "meaningless" couldn't help but peek at Rivals.com on Wednesday afternoon.

Spiller Pulls Surprise, Spurns Gators, 'Noles
C.J. Spiller began his speech Wednesday by asking those packed into the Union County High gym to observe a moment of silence for the seven children killed in a multiple-vehicle crash here last week.

Impact signees

Gators reap top class and lofty expectations
Despite a 9-3 season, UF garnered a No. 1 class, including a major quarterback and receiver, behind the aggressive efforts of Urban Meyer.

Top class signed, Meyer relieved
Urban Meyer had to peek, even if he was breaking one of the biggest unwritten rules of coaching. The days leading up to national signing day had been a mix of anxiety and frustration for the University of Florida football coach. He could feel the nation's No. 1 recruiting class slipping away.

Signing day champs are often just that
Texas just won the national championship of college football, and why not? Back up a bit and you'll find that the Longhorns had the nation's top recruiting class in 2002, with sensational quarterback Vince Young and several more eventual All-Americas coming on board.

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