Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

National Signing DayHigh Marks for Gators, 'Noles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

National Signing DayHigh Marks for Gators, 'Noles

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Byline: Justin Barney

Ole Miss rocked the recruiting world with its stunning five-star finish, and Alabama once again reigned supreme in February's national championship of recruiting. But how did the area's teams of interest wind up now that Wednesday's national signing day is complete and the Class of 2014 is on the clock? Times-Union high school sports editor Justin Barney examines how Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami fared and hands out the grades.


A+ The Gators needed playmakers at the wideout position and signed the state's best pass-catcher in Bishop Kenny's Ahmad Fulwood. Florida also nabbed four other receivers, all heralded in their own right. Demarcus Robinson (Peach County, Ga.) was a big get when he enrolled in January. Wednesday signees Alvin Bailey (Seffner Armwood), Chris Thompson (Gainesville) and Marqui Hawkins (Carver, Ga.) will help give Florida's weakest unit a radical makeover. Not much suspense with the secondary, but the incoming class has the potential to develop in to one of the nation's best. DB Vernon Hargreaves (Tampa Wharton), FS Nick Washington (Trinity Christian) and Keanu Neal (South Sumter) are the state's best at their positions. UF got bigger on the defensive line with DTs Caleb Brantley (Crescent City) and Jay-nard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie). Outstanding haul for coach Will Muschamp.


A The Seminoles entered with just three players already on campus (Sandalwood DE DeMarcus Walker and Bartow OLB Freddie Stevenson). The third, Tampa Plant OL Richy Klepal, won't play again due to concussions, although coach Jimbo Fisher honored his scholarship. FSU not only held on to its commits, but finished strong. WR Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood Academy, Tenn.) committed last Sunday and signed, one of three big-play wideouts that FSU signed. Five linebackers, none bigger than consensus five-star Matthew Thomas (Miami Washington), could be the focal point of this class. Wednesday signee DT Keith Bryant, a 6-2, 306-pounder from Delray Beach, could play early.


B The Bulldogs went in to signing day with 13 players already enrolled and wound up walking away with a robust 32-person class. …

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