Nation's Top 2010 Class Goes Over the Top

The best gets better. That is the case with the University of Florida's 2010 recruiting class that just got a bum when it added middle linebacker and #10 overall national prospect Chris Martin of Aurora (CO). Martin was committed, signed and enrolled at California and decided it wasn't the place for him, opening the door for the Gators to embrace him. Martin will start school at Florida in August.

What does the addition mean to the recruiting class that was already ranked tops in the country? It adds another stellar prospect to a class that already had five of's five-star prospects, four of them defense and now the Gators currently have four of the top 12 prospects in the entire class of 2010, all of which are in the front seven.

The stellar group of defenders includes defensive end and No. 2 overall Ronald Powell (6-4, 250) Moreno Valley (CA), defensive tackle and No. 6 overall Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia (PA), and defensive tackle and No. 12 overall Dominique Easley of Staten Island (NY). Safety and No. 32 overall Matt Elam of Palm Beach Dwyer along with receiver and No. 40 overall Chris Dunkley of Pahokee round out the five-star group.

You would have to go back generations of recruiting to find a national haul of front seven defenders this good in one recruiting class. Martin brings speed and athleticism to a group that should terrorize opponents over the next four years.

With all the "recruiting" stars, the class is filled with potential stars that may have not gotten the recognition they deserve. Continuing in the front seven, four-star defensive tackle Leon Orr of New Port Richey (FL) enrolled early at Florida and the 6-5, 320 pound tackle that runs a 4.8 in the 40 is considered one of the best jumbo athletes in the entire country. Four star defensive end Lynden Trail of Miami brings a 6-7 frame and the power in his legs it takes to be a state high jump competitor at the high school level.

At linebacker, Atlanta's Michael Taylor is a four-star beast and won MVP honors for his team in the Under Armour All-American game held in Orlando. Taylor is a tackling machine that brings a mean streak. Neiron Ball of Jackson (GA), Darrin Kitchens of Homestead (FL), and Gideon Ajagbe of Coconut Grove add enough athleticism that all three may see playing time in their freshman season, especially on special teams.

The offensive group in the 2010 class is fantastic as well, but it is the defense, especially up front, that will be remembered and make a huge mark in college football before the end of their careers.
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