Florida has had some solid No. 1 recruits over the past decade, highlighted by players like eventual first-round draft picks like Percy Harvin and Derrick Harvey, and possibly another future draft pick in 2013 standout Vernon Hargreaves. Here’s a look back–10 years–at each top pickup.
Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s job of prognostication, we’re grading the player. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 RECRUIT||POS||NAT.RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Vernon Hargreaves||DB||3||Outstanding addition to the defense; an absolute playmaker already||A+|
|2012||D.J. Humphries||OL||3||Has been a solid contributor, but has battled some injuries—good career so far||B+|
|2011||Jeff Driskel||QB||16||Has had an up-and-down career, truly. Senior season can fix legacy||C|
|2010||Ronald Powell||DL||1||Honestly, could have been a ton better than he was, declared early for NFL||C|
|2009||Jelani Jenkins||LB||7||An outstanding player for the Gators and 4th round NFL draft pick 2013||A|
|2008||Will Hill||DB||5||Decent but not exceptional contributor who made the NFL as a free agent||B|
|2007||Carlos Dunlap||DL||13||2nd round NFL pick in 2010 with an exceptional All-SEC type college career||A|
|2006||Percy Harvin||WR||2||1st round NFL pick in 2009, won two national titles with Gators||A+|
|2005||Avery Atkins||DB||62||A very sad situation, Atkins died in 2007 after leaving Florida||Inc.|
|2004||Derrick Harvey||DL||11||1st round NFL draft pick in 2008 with an outstanding college career||A+|
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.