SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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79. Jabari Gorman, Sr., S, Florida
The second of three Gator defensive backs in the Top 100, Gorman’s the only senior in an unproven secondary with limitless potential. There’s enough rising talent there to argue Florida’s secondary is its strongest personnel group this season, but relying on freshmen Jalen Tabor and Duke Dawson at one corner spot will present early challenges as they adjust to the intricacies of coverage at the college level.
Will Muschamp knows exactly what he’s going to get out of Gorman who starts at the same position the Gators head coach played at Georgia. Alongside Vernon Hargreaves III, who we deem as the SEC’s best coverman, Florida won’t have to worry about absorbing the production void left by spring transfer Cody Riggs, a 2013 starter who bolted for Notre Dame. Gorman and Hargreaves provide reliable, proven, protection against the pass and will combine for over 100 tackles and 10 takeaways.
Sending the senior class out with a bang and recovering from last year’s whimper is what Gorman intends to do in Gainesville this season.
2013 statistics: 48 tackles, 7 PBU, INT, FF
2014 projection: 59 tackles, 9 PBU, 3 INT, FF
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