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Thu. February 4, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Here’s a leftover quote from national signing day from Florida coach Urban Meyer, who raved about the amount of talent the Gators brought in on defense:

“I’ve gotten myself in trouble before by anointing players before they are deserving of it. But as far as the defensive front, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one like this. You start taking Ron Powell, a Leon Orr, Dominique Easley and Lynden Trail, that’s a special group. And then on the back end, you got Josh Shaw and Jaylen Watkins and Cody Riggs at corner, and Dowling and Jordan Haden and Matt Elam in the back end, too. In certain areas, I’d have to say it’s the best we’ve ever done.”

As Orr, a former Gulf DL told us yesterday, he thinks there’s a chance for early playing time. He may be right. The Gators prefer to use a rotation that includes eight or so players up front. However, a lot clearly will depend on how well Orr does this spring (he enrolled last month) and how much he has healed from a broken bone in his leg sustained last fall.

“I think Leon Orr is grossly underrated,” said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg. “He’s as good a big man athletically as anyone in the country.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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