What the Experts are Saying

Scout.com's Recruiting Experts had lots to say about Urban Meyer's third straight top 20 recruiting class.

Jamie Newberg:
"Florida hit all their needs, although the Gators failed to land a big time running back again. Secondary was a huge priority and UF Head Coach Urban Meyer is bringing in the nation's top safety in Will Hill. Hill has fantastic range and he is terrific in run support. He should make an immediate impact at free safety in Gainesville. Hill can also be electric with the ball in his hands. Dee Finley (S), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Jeremy Brown (CB), and Adrian Bushell (CB) will all have a chance to push for quick playing time as well in the Florida secondary. The linebacker position got a dose of speed with Lerentee McCray while Brandon Beal is a guy that plays with a ton of aggression. Up front Earl Okine (DE), Omar Hunter (DT), Troy Epps (DT), and William Green (DE/LB) all bring something different to the table. Hunter should get a chance to work his way into the tackle rotation from the get go while Green has as much upside as anyone and is a steal from the state of Alabama. Byron Jones and Sam Robey could play on either side of the ball while Matt Patchan (OT) could begin his career for the Gators first playing defensive end. The offense is also getting a dose of speed with Jeff Demps (RB/WR), who just may be the fastest player in the nation. Carl Moore (WR) is a physical wide out that Florida has not had in a long time while T.J. Pridemore (FB/LB) could be the next Billy Latsko (former UF FB) for the Gator offense. This is Meyer's third big time recruiting class in a row.

Allen Wallace:
"The Gators went to New Jersey (S Will Hill), Georgia (DT Omar Hunter, who decommitted from Notre Dame) Pennsylvania (LB Brendan Beal), Texas (Omarius Hines) and Alabama (S Dee Finley and DE William Green) to supplement their usual haul of sterling Florida talent - which includes the state's leading OL, Matt Patchan. Hill, Hunter, Patchan, Beal and Finley are all members of SuperPrep magazine's Elite 50 team. No other school recruited more Elite 50 members. To show that he intends to take no prisoners, Urban Meyer also landed the nation's No.1 juco prospect, California WR Carl Moore. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Moore looks great going across the middle where his aggressiveness and physicality suit him best. DT Troy Epps from Coffeyville, Kan., is another promising juco transfer. Meyer has earned a reputation as one of the nation's most aggressive recruiters and he's a formidable and powerful opponent for any big-time school in his way. And if you are a superior recruit in Florida, you are in Meyer's way. Rangy DE Earl Okine, class 2B state titlist CB Janoris Jenkins and speedy RB/WR Jeff Demps are all SuperPrep All-Americas. Meyer also has a knack for reeling in prospects who decommit from other schools. Along with Hunter, future Gator LB/FB T.J. Pridemore from Georgia (son of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tom Pridemore) originally cast his lot with Georgia Tech. LB Lerentee McCray was at one time hitched to Miami. Other athletic and well-recognized members of this Gator signing effort include OLs Sam Robey and Byran Jones and WRs T.J. Lawrence and Frankie Hammond. Florida fans are getting used to these elite recruiting classes as Meyer steered his way to a No. 1 ranking in '07 and a No. 2 effort in '06 according to SuperPrep. We've all seen what such high standards have led to before for the Gators.

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