It's never easy when trying to make predictions with regards to recruiting classes because the situation fluctuates not on a weekly but daily basis at times. There are countless hours that go into evaluating potential prospects and several ways the staff goes about this. Camps, film, combines and what a player does in games are four ways college staffs evaluate potential prospects. Having said that at this late juncture in the recruiting process there are several players that could potentially play their way into the class. More on those players at a later date.
Today I want to focus on the players that have spoken in a positive manner regarding the Gators. The players that will either be in the class or have a strong shot at being in the class. Remember not only must the staff sign off on a player but also the player must reciprocate what the staff is feeling.
In no particular order here are 20 players that will determine where this year's class ends up on National Signing Day. Out of these 20 players I feel strongly about four of them being in the class. After that I feel very strongly on another five players that "want" to be Gators but the jury is still out for a variety of reasons on the realistic possibility it will work out for them. Remember every potential prospect that wants to be a Gator doesn't end up a Gator 100 percent of the time. These five players in my opinion would go public right now for Florida but there are so many players with serious interest in the Gators at this time the staff will not be in any rush moving forward.
That leaves 11 players on my potential list of 20. Out of those 11 players I feel only two should be considered long shots as of today. That leaves nine players left on my list of 20 prospects as of today. Regarding those nine players left, I believe three of them will be in the class. That leaves six players on my list. Three of them the Gators have some catch up to do coming down the stretch. The final three are saying the right things to the coaches and the media but in my opinion will in no way end up Gators.
The way I see it once you add my "seven" players it brings the class total to 24 players for 2010. Now there are some other things I believe will happen that I am not ready to throw out there at this time that could drastically change the dynamics of this class. The class could go as high as 27 leaving three more spots so to speak in this scenario. One more thing and it's important because I did not include a few players that could very easily become a part of this class and one of them I believe is already in as of today. In no particular order here are the 20 players that I have chosen. Think of this as a recruiting brainteaser if you will.
John Fulton CB 6-0 180 Manning (SC) Manning HS
Tony Jefferson S/LB Chula Vista (Ca) Eastlake 6-0/190
Christian Jones LB Winter Park (FL) Lake Howell 6-4/225
Brandon Linder OL Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas 6-5/275
Ronald Powell DE Rancho Verde HS, Moreno Valley-CA
Christian Green WR 6-1/185 Tampa Catholic HS, Tampa (FL)
Jordan Hicks West Chester (OH) Lakota West 6-2/210/4.58
Lamarcus Joyner CB Miami (FL) Southwest 5-8/166/4.53
Chaz Green OL Tampa (FL) Catholic 6-6/270
Jeff Luc LB Port St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast 6-1 235
T.J. Stripling DE 6-7 220 SW DeKalb HS, Decatur (GA)
Josh Shaw CB Palmdale (CA) Palmdale HS 6-1 185 4.5
Kenny Stills WR La Costa Canyon HS (CA) 6-2 175 4.36
Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE Portland (OR) Douglass 6-3/235
Ivan McCartney WR Miramar (FL) Miramar 6-1/185
Dietrich Riley S St. Francis (CA) 6-1 205 4.5
Jackson Jeffcoat DE 6-4 234 4.6 Plano West Senior HS, Plano TX
James Louis WR Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic 5-11/178
Chris Martin DE 6-3 240 Aurora (CO) Grandview HS
Chris Dunkley WR Pahokee (FL) 5-11/175/4.4