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Analyzing the Florida Gators 2010 recruiting class ... So far, it's ridiculously good

GAINESVILLE -- Hurry up, recruits. The spots are filling up fast at the University of Florida.

Jordan That's the message UF's coaching staff is sending out this recruiting cycle. I don't know if UF has totally reversed its stance of limiting its early commitments, or if the kids UF already has onboard are just so good there is no need for hesitation. Either way you look at it, the floodgates have opened and some of the best players in the state of Florida are pouring into Gainesville. National Signing Day 2010 is still 10 months away but Florida already has 12 commitments (and 10 of them are ranked nationally in the Rivals.com 250). By all accounts it's shaping up to be a talented class.

The two latest commitments are Gerald Christian, a 6-3, 230-pound athlete from West Palm Beach Dwyer, and Jordan Haden, the younger brother of UF cornerback Joe Haden. Jordan Haden [PICTURED, Great hair!] is a 6-0, 198-pound defensive back, who will likely play safety at UF.

Here's a list of the 2010 commitments with the some analysis of each player ...

OL IAN SILBERMAN, 6-5, 257 pounds, (Fleming Island High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 146th nationally
This future UF offensive tackle has actually been committed since July of 2008. Of all the UF commitments, Silberman might be the best of the bunch. Silberman has been to Gainesville so many times that he is practically already a part of the team. No chance this player de-commits.
Ian Silberman YouTube highlights.

OL LEON ORR, 6-6, 300 pounds (New Port Richey Gulf High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: Not ranked.
This offensive tackle is an amazing athlete. His junior season, Orr played fullback and tight end for his high school. According to his high school coach, Orr runs the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds. He will play exclusively on the line for the Gators and -- like Silberman -- will be a perfect fit for the Gators' spread-option offense.
Gulf High 2008 highlights. Orr is No.44. (This video takes a while to load.)

QB TREY BURTON, 6-2, 203 pounds (Venice High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 171st nationally
A dual-threat quarterback, Burton committed to Florida around the same time as Silberman (July of 2008). Like Silberman, Burton has been a fixture in Gainesville ever since. He attended several home games last season and was in Gainesville last Saturday for the Orange & Blue Game. Burton accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during his junior season. He is accustomed to playing from the shotgun, which will help his transition to the Gators' offense, but also lined up behind center as a junior.
Trey Burton YouTube highlights.
TE MICHAEL MCFARLAND, 6-6, 230-pounds (Tampa Blake High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: Not ranked
Another athletic big man. McFarland committed to the Gators' during their junior day in March. He played quarterback, receiver, tight end, defensive end, slot and running back last season but projects as a tight end at the collegiate level. McFarland will take visit to other schools during his senior year but considering UF's current lack of depth at tight end and the university's proximity to his home, McFarland should be considered a strong commitment.
LB GIDEON AJAGBE, 6-2, 197 pounds (Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 138th nationally
The first UF commitment from Miami-Dade County since 2005, Ajagbe runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. Questions about Ajagbe's speed are unfounded. He also plays running back for Ransom Everglades. Ajagbe [pronounced Uh-Jog-Bay] will play outside linebacker at UF.
Gideon Ajagbe YouTube highlights.

DE/TE/LB GERALD CHRISTIAN, 6-3, 230 pounds (West Palm Beach Dwyer High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 73rd nationally
The second player from Dwyer to commit to the UF. Christian runs well for his size and hits with authority. He plays on both sides of the ball in high school. Christian will add immediate depth no matter where he plays at Florida. 
Gerald Christian YouTube highlights (sophomore year).

LB/S MATT ELAM, 6-0, 205 pounds (West Palm Beach Dwyer High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: Fifth nationally
Elam's family goes way back with Florida coach Urban Meyer. The close relationship explains the early commitment from one of the most highly rated high school football players in the country. Extremely fast. Extremely athletic. Coaches expect Elam to compete immediately for playing time his freshman season (2011) either at outside linebacker or strong safety. It depends on how much more Elam grows. A playmaker in the vein of Tennessee's Eric Berry.
Matt Elam YouTube highlights.

CB DEMAR DORSEY, 6-1, 175 pounds (Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 160th nationally
Considered one of the fastest players in the country for the class of 2010. Dorsey might be the most likely player to de-commit at this point.

FS JONATHAN DOWLING, 6-3, 178 pounds (Bradenton Southeast High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 47th nationally
Had 14 interceptions his junior season. 'Nuff said.
Jonathan Dowling Rivals.com video link.

LB/S JORDAN HADEN, 6-0, 198 pounds (Fort Washington, Md., Friendly High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 108th nationally
According to UF cornerback Joe Haden, his younger brother is the best football player in the state of Maryland. Like his older brother, Jordan Haden will arrive at Florida ready to contribute immediately. He runs the 40 in 4.41 seconds and workouts with his father, who is a strength and conditioning coach and former body builder.
Jordan Haden Rivals.com highlights link.

CB VICTOR HAMPTON, 5-9, 173 pounds (Charlotte, N.C., Independence)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 58th nationally
One of only two out-of-state commitments so far for the Gators. Hampton is a solid cover corner with above-average speed.
Victor Hampton Rivals.com highlight link.

ATH Jaylen Watkins, 6-1, 172 pounds (Cape Coral High)
Overall Rivals.com ranking: 27th nationally
Watkins played quarterback and cornerback his junior season for Cape Coral. He committed early to Florida (April 10) despite offers from FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama and Boston College. He's probably pretty good.
Jaylen Watkins YouTube highlights.



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My only concern about this class is that it seems to be very one-sided. Not only are most of these guys on the defensive side of the ball, most are in the secondary. Would really like to see some WR and RB commitments.

Perhaps some of the depth will force a move to the other side of the ball....would not mind seeing Will Hill on offense...fluid athlete

That's 12 commits. How many total does Florida look to have available for the 2010 cycle Jo? I know it depends on how many guys (juniors) declare for the draft, but what is the number excluding early departures?

Goody, The Gerald Christian link goes to Ajagbe's highlights.

Here's the correct link if anyone wants to see Christians video.


Way too early to project those numbers, Lift. Between 20 and 25.


Great early results. An impressive list so far. We need to sign at least 25 this time around and need some WRs in there. A couple of D linemen would be nice too as well as RB.

Yeah i like the recruiting class, but also feel like we might have too much depth at secondary. I believe that one or two kids from the secondary will de-commit.

I agree we definitely need a full class (25) this year since last year we only got 16.


Jo - probably one of your better posts yet. Great detail and organization. A+

That Jaylen Watkins kid is sick...can't believe he is 6'1"

Nice post, Jo. It's an exciting year for UF recruiting! I love the emphasis on top in-state talent. With some early NFL draft entries next year plus having undersigned in February, UF's class this year could easily push above 25. Your phrase about spots filling up seems apt given the concentration of commitments at certain positions, but UF definitely needs multiple WRs and one or two great RBs with size. Once the first one commits at those positions, others may follow quicklu. The class could be pretty much set before Fall.

Yo Jo,
Any truth to the Harvin on the cover of NCAA 10? I saw it on ProfootballTalk.


I tried calling Percy for some knugs, and he told me he sold the last bag to Joakim...
Urban is LOSING control....Go Gaturds Get Up and Gooooo!!!!

BTW Miami will once again...for the 3rd year in the row have a top 5 recruiting class.

And Miami will, once again, for the third year in a row, finish out of the top 25 and show no progress.

Im sorry gator fans. Im just a jealous cane fan. The gators are better than my canes in every sport and I hate my life. gotta go now, time to go to work (im a janitor at fiu).


You'd think that fans of a perennial unranked team would keep quiet.

The only thing Urban is losing control of is the flood of top recruits that are looking towards UF. Even Dade county is looking north. And why wouldn't they.

It's turning into pick and choose time.

Miami did NOT have a "top 5" recruiting class. Don't let truth get in the way hater.

they have a total of 24 scholarships to fill so they would be ok. and not to mention urban does know what he is doing so dont worry.

do you think powell and elam are a lock to come to florida

Gerald Christian is an awesome athlete, and also had great hair

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