The other criticism?
No defensive tackles, ESPNs Corey Long said. I think they needed four. Giving up 8 yards a run is not good enough. You bring in a kid like Matthew Thomas, thats nice, hes a hell of a football player. If theres nothing up front to stop the initial push, hes going to be neutralized.
The Gators have no recruits south of Palm Beach County, but they do have the nations top cornerback in Vernon Hargreaves III, five-star linebacker Alex Anzalone and one of the nations best all-time high school running backs in Belle Glade Glades Days Kelvin Taylor.
When you talk about what Florida is missing on that offense is that guy that can take it from zero to 60 to the house. [New Smyrna Beach receiver] James Clark could be that guy, Shurburtt said. Clark will pick between Florida and Ohio State.
Said Long: I would have liked to see them land a blue-chip quarterback. [UF quarterback recruit Max] Staver is a kid who needs two years. Florida needed somebody who was going to come out and challenge [Jeff] Driskel this fall. Driskel as he is currently is good enough to get them double-digit wins, but hes not good enough to beat Alabama or compete for a national title. Not in my opinion.
What have the Seminoles done well?
Theyve hit on getting speed, Long said. [Running back] Ryan Green, [receiver] Levonte Whitfield, [receiver] Isaiah Jones, fast kids, big kids. They did a good job at [linebacker] in getting new bodies in Freddie Stevenson, Tyrell Lyons, E.J. Levenberry. Right now, theyre missing on offensive linemen. This uncertainly with Miami and Denver Kirkland has sort of opened the door. They need a kid like Kirkland far more than Miami. Theyre also going to need another defensive end too before the day is over.
Of the two state schools to hire new coaches FIU and USF its clear the Bulls Willie Taggart has put together a better class than the Panthers Ron Turner. FIU is ranked 96th by Rivals and 107th by 247Sports. USF is ranked 47th by Rivals and 52nd by 247Sports.
The first class is always the most difficult to put together, Fishbein said. FIU is just scrambling right now."