1. PURDUE: QB Rob Henry, RB Al-Terek McBurse, WR Eric Williams, WR Gary Bush, WR Josh Johnson, WR Xavier Reese, TE Gabe Holmes, DT Brandon Taylor, DT Xavier Melton, DE Kevin Pamphile, DE Antwon Higgs, CB Chris Quinn, CB Antavian Edison, S Ishmael Aristide
Purdue signed 14 players from Florida.....14. They did not sign a single player from the state of Indiana. Headliners Gabe Holmes, Al-Terek McBurse, and Eric Williams can do some great things at Purdue. Edison from Dunbar is a real sleeper, this is a player who has produced for three years, never leaves the field, and has the versatility to play a number of different spots. Pamphile is real intriguing, he has only played football for one year.
Awesome haul for West Virginia. Smith is the next great QB in the Big East, he has everything that you look for. Team mate Bailey is a smooth, pure WR with a high game IQ. He is not much different from Carter(Duron) who excelled in camps. Hargrett is an experienced back in that type of spread system. Jenkins is going to make his mark on special teams, punt returns most likely. Whether he goes to WR or CB only time will tell. Jon Scott oozes potential.
The Wolverines signed 8 players from Florida. Robinson was a huge signing day pull, now he needs to find a position. He has elite speed and burst. Smith just straight produces and has for years. Gallon is the big play threat at WR/slot, just get him the ball in space. Figure one of Jones/Emilien will move to LB. Whitty is under the radar because of a knee injury, he responded well as a senior.
The Gamecocks received six commits from Florida and it is a very solid haul. Spurrier worked his two former strongholds in Tampa and Jacksonville for 5 of the 6. Giles has speed, while Axon is more of a power runner. Scruggs could excel in a Spurrier offense with his great size and body control. Coffee is the brother of Alabama stand-out Glen, he suffered an ACL injury, but at LB he has some real upside.
Ole Miss inked 9 players from the Sunshine State and it is a very solid haul with a mixture of tantalizing upside, solid players, and some real studs. They signed 5 RB's, 2 from Florida, Neat came on as a senior and might have that knack for making plays while Scott has a great skill set to work with. Gaines lacks elite height, but he can play C or perhaps DT. Kellam might be the jewel in this class, his progress through the season was startling. His team mate, Crawford, had a knee injury, but was more highly regarded than Kellam entering the season. Interesting combo of Marry and Ferrell at LB.
Wake Forest quietly went about their business this year inking 6 prospects. Bohanon is an absolute hammer. He runs as hard as anyone and is a weight room freak. The Demon Deacons landed a pair of DT's from Nease High School. Dan Mack is a Dade County linebacker from a small school. Jones has some upside at CB, he just needs some weight and a redshirt year to transition from QB to CB.
The Thundering Herd brought in an outstanding class from the Sunshine State. Quarterback Graham has a world of potential, he can be as good as he wants to be. Booker is very under the radar, but also very talented. Fletcher is a bit of a tweener, but he has potential and is a player. There are not many better pure athletes than Phil Walker at LB, he needs to put it together on the field. No class from Florida is complete w/o visiting the 'Muck' and Marshall landed Safety Baldwin from Glades Central.
OSU only inked three players, but they have three gems. Berry can be a big-time back at the next level. He has to get over the injury bug that lingered throughout senior year, but he has the tools to be a 1,500 yard back. Hyde is a fullback who can work out of some single back sets and in power formations. He can be an offensive force slipping out of the backfield. Carter really came on senior year and that culminated in a stand-out performance during Under Armour week in practice where he displayed the knowledge of the position that puts him way ahead of the game in terms of player maturity. Physically he needs to get stronger, quicker, but no doubt he will work his way into being an All-Conference type down the road.
Like OSU above, the Vols only landed three players, but all can be studs. Richardson is a classic play-maker from the Muck, he was coveted by the 'Big 3' and was committed to UF for a long time. UT closed like a freight train. Green is a bigger type who is more of an outside guy, he has great tools. Jeffery missed his senior year with an injury, but he was flat dominant at the Down n' Dirty camp last summer and has outstanding potential down the road.
Only two here for the Bulldogs and they certainly would have liked Starling, but we are talking a top 2 QB in Florida and a top 3 WR. Murray is already on campus and will fight for Stafford's open spot in the Spring. Wooten is the classic silky smooth Muck WR. He will look real good opposite A.J. Green. There is a chance a third big-timer will ink at UGA. That player is TE Orson Charles who is still going to take one more visit before he decides.