Team Rankings Out; No Florida

In the Urban Meyer era, the Florida Gators have become a staple in the team recruiting rankings. With a No. 1, No. 2 and a No. 12 ranking overall in the last three years, the Gators have pulled in some impressive classes. But with today's release of the initial rankings for the class of 2009, the Gators didn't crack the top 15. 2009 Team Rankings

The initial rankings released today are of Director of Recruiting Scott Kennedy's opinion. Kennedy ranked the top 15 teams through this point, and there are a lot of familiar schools. Ohio State tops the rankings with 24 commitments already. The two-time national runner-ups have three five-star commits already, and a boatload of four-stars to compliment.

Texas, USC, LSU and Georgia round out the top five. Tennessee and Auburn are the other SEC representatives coming in at Nos. 14 and 15, respectively. Florida State is off to a good start coming in at No. 11. The Seminoles are the only representative from the Sunshine State.

As usual, the SEC leads the way with four teams in the top 15. Both the Big Ten (Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State) and the Big 12 (Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M) have three teams. The ACC has two representatives (Clemson and FSU) and the Big East (Rutgers) and Pac-10 (USC) each have one. Notre Dame takes the final spot.

Why not Florida?

It's no surprise that the Gators are not in the initial top 15. Florida has only pulled in seven recruits to date, and it's hard to gauge the quality of Florida's class with only about one-third of the class filled. Meyer is off to a strong start with one five-star commitment (Nick Alajajian) already in the books, and all but one of the remaining six commitments being four-star prospects.

The average number of commits for the schools that make up the top 15 is 15.3. That's more than double the total number of commits for the Gators, so it's tough to compile total points when low on numbers. Two schools – Ohio State and Texas A&M – have at least 20 commits. The low school on the list is Clemson with 11 commits. The Tigers have landed two five-stars and four four-stars.

Questions or comments? Contact's Chris Chmielenski

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