SDS will break down all 14 SEC schools and the challenges they face in recruiting, and how they overcome them. At the end, we’ll rank them in terms of who is set up best for success–based on factors like in-state talent, recent success on the field, fan expectations and the coaching situation. We will also give the school a ‘situation’ grade (A, B, C, D, F) in each category. Some states have an A-level volume of talent, others don’t … that’s how it will work. At the end of the series we’ll do a final overall ranking.
HOME STATE TALENT: “A” – Florida is one of those states that is oozing with talent, but of course the Gators have to deal with national champion Florida State and Miami’s presence in south Florida, so it’s not like it can hog all of it. Still, there’s plenty to go around.
RECENT SUCCESS: “C” – This really hurts the Gators right now in recruiting. It has been awhile since Florida dominated (2006-09) and today’s recruits weren’t in high school then. This is definitely a strike against Florida.
FAN EXPECTATIONS: “B” – Tough call on whether this hurts or helps in this situation, so we’ll go with a B. In some ways it is great, as Florida has high expectations, but the negativity surrounding last year–and the empty seats–hurts recruiting.
COACHING STABILITY: “C” – There’s no question Will Muschamp is on the hot seat, making this a tough recruiting gig right now. The question is, how many does Muschamp and his staff have to win to stay around another season.
SUM IT UP: The Gators are in a bit of upheaval right now, but that can change very quickly in Gainesville. The defensive recruits are always good, and with a great run of offensive recruits, this program will bounce back. Thanks to recruiting potential, this can flip quickly.
Editor’s note: Any reference to recruiting ratings in this series–team or individual–are to 247Sports.com’s industry composite ranking.