The Gators werent expected to make a big splash Wednesday. The work of coach Will Muschamp had already been done, and included five-star linebacker Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing, Pa., and five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, son of former UM linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves hired this week as linebackers coach at Houston.
Theyve been able to sustain verbal commitments for an extended period of time with minimal shifts, said ESPNs national recruiting director Tom Luginbill. So, hey, this is going to be one of those years where people will look at Floridas class and say, Wow. They were able to sustain long-term, which is hard to do. I think they deserve a lot of credit for that.
Adding to Floridas bounty: Belle Glade Glades Day star running back Kelvin Taylor, the son of former Gators great Fred Taylor and an early Gators arrival. Kelvin Taylor rushed for more than 12,121 yards and scored 191 touchdowns a state record in five seasons, including his eighth-grade year on varsity.
Seminoles coach Fisher described this years 22-member class as one with high character that should contribute to the depth of the program for Florida State going forward.
Fisher signed several potential starters, including Thomas, five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey and four-star defensive end DeMarcus Walker. Ramsey had been committed previously to Southern Cal, and Walker, to Alabama.
Fisher lauded some of his newcomers for helping to sway others to bolster the Seminoles 2013 class. He pointed out four-star cornerback Marquez White, from Dothan, Ala., and Bryant for their recruiting efforts.
Fisher also talked of honoring offensive lineman Richy Klepal of Tampa Plant High with a scholarship after he was medically disqualified from competing because of a concussion problem.
He was loyal to us, Fisher said, so were going to be loyal to him.
Miami Herald sportswriters Manny Navarro, David J. Neal, Patrik Nohe and Matt Watts contributed to this report.