floridas football recruiting: When will our recruiting classes be over?
article The recruiting classes for each of the top five programs in the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten are over.
Florida, Louisville, Clemson, Tennessee and Washington will have their last bowl appearances of the season.
That’s a pretty huge drop-off from the recruiting classes that started in December.
But Florida, Clemson and Tennessee are the best programs in each of those conferences, and the only teams with bowl appearances are Virginia and Georgia Tech.
That means the Gators, Tigers and Vols will be competing for the final two spots in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here’s how those five teams will be ranked: Florida (1): Florida has already been through the recruiting process a few times this season.
But with a top-10 recruiting class and a top five defense, Florida will have the best of both worlds.
Florida has the most talented player in the country, and that’s led to a dominant defense.
With an incoming quarterback and two key contributors in senior Dwayne Haskins and redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams, Florida has everything the Gators need to compete for the SEC West title.
Clemson (2): The Tigers are also a top team in the conference, but the lack of a bowl trip will be a concern.
Clemson’s offense has already produced two Heisman winners in D’Onta Foreman and Dalvin Cook, and a solid offensive line should be able to give them an elite offense to win games.
Georgia Tech (3): The Yellow Jackets have the same type of top-five defense as Florida, but they’ve also added four offensive linemen and two receivers in the last couple of recruiting classes.
Georgia has a solid defensive line, a great quarterback and a strong offensive line, so the Jackets should be OK.
Tennessee (4): The Vols are still in the running for the top spot in the SEC East, but a couple of top recruits could lead them there.
Safety Darrin Jenkins and receiver Travin Dural will both return, and both have shown potential in the past two seasons.
They’ll be tough to pass up for the Vols.
Washington (5): Washington has had some big names on their recruiting trail, but it’s not a team that will necessarily have a dominant recruiting class.
With a solid quarterback, a top offensive line and a decent defensive line in the secondary, the Huskies should be a team to watch heading into the 2018 season.