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Florida Gators, FSU and Miami all boast top-six recruiting classes

The last time the state signed a trio of top-six classes: 2004

When Largo four-star linebacker Jayion McCluster orally committed to Florida State on Wednesday, it was just the latest positive recruiting sign for the Seminoles.

Which means FSU is keeping up with the state’s other two power programs.

After McCluster’s announcement, FSU’s 2020 recruiting class jumped to No. 6 in the nation. Add in No. 4 Miami and No. 5 Florida, and the state has three programs in the current top six in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

We’ll pause here for the standard disclaimers: Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent in December or February. A lot can (and will) change between now and then. But…

Florida’s top trio is off to a strong start. UF, FSU and Miami have oral commitments from 23 blue-chip recruits. Last year, the three signed a total of 33 blue-chip recruits.

No state school has reeled in a top-six class since FSU in 2017. The state hasn’t secured two in the same year since 2012, when the Gators and Seminoles both finished in the top four with big-name signees like Dante Fowler and Jameis Winston.

Jameis Winston was an Under Armour All-American and part of FSU's highly touted 2012 recruiting class. (TIMES 2012)

The last time all three finished in the top six: 2004 (FSU was first, Miami was third and UF was fifth).

I don’t expect the Gators, ’Noles and Hurricanes to all finish this high, just as I don’t expect North Carolina to keep its No. 9 ranking or Georgia to stay at No. 11. It’s worth noting, too, that the state’s top-six rankings are in the class total, not average. If you look at each team’s average, UF, FSU and Miami all rank outside the top 10.

But two weeks into the spring evaluation period, all three programs are in a good place. We’ll see in nine months whether they were able to stay there.