Florida Gators' 2018 recruiting class cracks top 10
While I was out on vacation, the Florida Gators apparently picked up their recruiting.
By a lot.
UF's 2018 recruiting class is up to No. 10 nationally in the latest 247Sports rankings thanks to a flurry of oral commitments. Seven of them (in the next class) since July 18, to be exact.
The headliner is five-star quarterback Matt Corral, but four-star receiver JaMarr Chase is among the other notable pickups.
I'll pause here for some routine caveats. Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent during their senior year. This year will include the first December signing period for high school players, so that adds another to-be-determined wrinkle in the always shifting world of recruiting.
But consider where Jim McElwain was six months ago, when his Gators were on track for their worst signing class of the Rivals era. McElwain closed well (even if there are still eligibility issues, apparently, with one of his top two recruits, receiver James Robinson), and UF finished 11th in 247Sports' rankings.
A lot can and will change between now and the signing periods. I'll go out on a limb and predict that Alabama (currently No. 45) finishes ahead of Cincinnati (41), Virginia (39) and Kentucky (17). You can also point out that UF's class is still third in the state (behind No. 2 Miami and No. 7 Florida State), and that it's also behind rivals Tennessee (fifth) and LSU (sixth).
Even so, if McElwain is going to start challenging the Seminoles for state supremacy and begin closing the gap with Alabama, he has to win more recruiting battles. So far this summer, he's doing that.