Dan Mullen and his staff had to get a quarterback in this recruiting cycle, and they did that in December by signing four-star prospect Emory Jones, who flipped to Florida from Ohio State and already is enrolled. UF landed two four-star wide receivers on NSD in Jacob Copeland and Justin Watkins, both of whom are among the top-100 prospects nationally. Landing four-star T Richard Gouraige, another national top-100 guy, was vital; without him, the o-line class would’ve lacked a marquee recruit. Four-star Ss Amari Burney and Trey Dean should be able to contribute this fall. Landing four-star DEs Andrew Chatfield and Malik Langham on NSD were big recruiting wins for Mullen. Chatfield figures to play outside linebacker in UF’s new 3-4 scheme.
The grade: B
Coach Kirby Smart and his staff put together one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. Georgia signed seven five-star prospects, including CB Tyson Campbell on NSD (the other six signed in December). The Bulldogs signed five-star talents at quarterback, running back, guard, offensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker and cornerback. It’s unquestionably the top class in the nation. The offensive line class is particularly noteworthy, with the two best guards in the nation (Jamaree Salyer and Trey Hill) coming on board. The bottom line: The Bulldogs signed eight of the top 31 prospects in the nation,
The grade: A-plus
Kentucky cast a wide net, as coach Mark Stoops signed players from six states. Alas, UK signed no one from Kentucky. The class is headlined by four-star OL Marquan McCall and Darrin Kinnard, and getting four-star LB Christopher Oats on NSD was big for the Wildcats. Three-star QB Terry Wilson, a junior college transfer, was a key signee, as well. Kentucky signed nine players from Florida, including seven from south Florida.
The grade: C-plus
LSU did a good job along the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Overall, though, this is a somewhat disappointing class, and the Tigers will finish outside of the top 10 in the recruiting rankings for the first time since 2012. There is no sugarcoating how much it stings to miss out on five-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., a longtime LSU lean who picked Alabama on NSD. But LSU did pick up four-star WR Ja’Marr Chase on NSD, and he joins a deep receiver class that includes five-star prospect Terrace Marshall, the nation’s best at the position. Four-star S Kelvin Joseph is a big-timer. LSU didn’t sign a quarterback, and that hurts.
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