Florida signs its share of ESPN 150 prospects, but the Gators also show they can turn top recruits into top college players.
Florida's track record with junior college signees has not been good. Many flamed out with little impact on the program. The Gators are hoping the latest crop turns it around.
The Gators' hopes are high for incoming true freshman Vernon Hargreaves III. Florida has produced many NFL defensive backs in recent years, and Hargreaves' talent could surpass them all.
Despite signing one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, Florida will enter spring practice soon with a decided lack of experience behind QB Jeff Driskel.
The Florida Gators' 2012 recruiting class featured 14 players who were on the field for a significant amount of time as freshmen, and several will be competing for starting jobs in 2013.
Plenty of top players at Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln have stayed home to play for Florida State. But teammates James Hearns and Reggie Davis have chosen Florida and Georgia, respectively.
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Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell persuaded Gators safety commit Keanu Neal to join his 7-on-7 team and get some experience on the field together.
The state of Florida is loaded with high school coaches who played for the Gators, giving UF an advantage when going after big-time recruits at those schools.
Florida Gators signee Austin Hardin grew up playing soccer, but he discovered his talent for kicking a football while his family lived in Bolivia.
After looking at the biggest busts in Florida's recruiting history (called 'The 10 Who Never Were'), GatorNation examines UF's biggest surprises on a list called 'The 10 Who Came From Nowhere.'
Florida coach Will Muschamp's second recruiting class was a major upgrade over his first. He's just following the pattern set by predecessors Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer.
Building personal relationships has helped Florida assistant coach D.J. Durkin strike recruiting gold with four of the top 15 ESPNU prospects in North Carolina.
UF has had its share of highly touted prospects who didn't come close to fulfilling their promise on the field. Here are "10 Who Never Were."