Tempered Enthusiasm

There are five-star recruits all over the country mentioning the Florida Gators, two of the best in America reside in the state of Florida - defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and defensive end/running back James Wilder.

The world has offered the nation's No. 1 ranked defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, South Florida, Tennessee and USC to name a few. Jernigan checks in at 6-2 and 275-pounds from Lake City (FL) Columbia North.

James Wilder's offer list is a mirror image with Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, South Florida, Tennessee and USC. Wilder is currently ranked as the top outside linebacker in America. Wilder checks in at 6-2 and 217-pounds from Tampa (FL) Plant Senior.

The Gators landed the top quarterback on the board when 6-4 and 225-pound Ovideo (FL) Hagerty signal caller Jeff Driskel decided to make his verbal announcement for the University of Florida. The Gators also landed the top defensive end on the board when 6-3 and 265-pound Ashville (NC) superstar Jeoffrey Pagan made his verbal pledge to the University of Florida. The point is very simple, when you are the Florida Gators you are going to land more than your share of "top tier" players at more than one position.

For 2011, many Gator fans are hoping for a clean sweep from arguably the top four prospects in the state of Florida. In addition to Jernigan and Wilde,r both wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running back Mike Bellamy have shown a great deal of interest in playing for the Gators at this time.

Is it realistic for Gator fans to think this way? With the way head coach Urban Meyer and this staff have recruited the last several year's it's very possible, but realistic? One thing is clear, more than a few players including Tim Jernigan and James Wilder will get 150 percent attention from the staff moving forward as the Gators try to bring in back-to-back top ranked recruiting classes. Tim Jernigan and James Wilder will go a long way in bringing that mythical recruiting title back to Gainesville in 2011.


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