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Florida's signing day superlatives

2/3/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida signed 23 prospects in its 2012 recruiting class. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs will make his decision on Feb. 10, but for the most part this class is complete. Let's take a closer look at this class and look in to our GatorNation crystal ball at who will stand out.

Star of the class: OL D.J. Humphries -- Barring injury, Humphries is talented enough to be a first-round draft pick in three years. He is already enrolled and will participate in spring practices.

Sleeper of the class: LB Antonio Morrison -- The three-star linebacker is very physical. Because he didn't attend many camps or combines, he wasn't ranked as high as he probably could have been. Morrison enrolled early and will participate in spring practices. Look for him to make an impact early at Florida.

Most likely start as a freshman: TE Colin Thompson -- The easy answer would have been PK Austin Hardin, because he will likely start on the kickoff team. But the choice here is the four-star tight end because he has a different skill set than A.C. Leonard and Jordan Reed. Thompson should start in two-tight-end sets. He is the big, bruising tight end Florida has lacked, and he will definitely help in the running game. Defensive back Brian Poole could also start in the nickel package early on.

Impact freshmen: RB Matt Jones, TE Kent Taylor, DE Jonathan Bullard, LB/DE Dante Fowler Jr., S Marcus Maye, Poole, Humphries and Morrison -- This is not to say other freshmen won't contribute, but this group will make a significant impact at some point in the season.

Biggest signing day surprise: WR Raphael Andrades -- Obviously Fowler switching to Florida after having been committed to FSU for more than a year was a big surprise on signing day. But he has long flirted with the Gators, so it wasn't that a big shock when he flipped. Andrades came out of nowhere to sign with the Gators on Wednesday after getting an offer the night before.

Most likely to play in the NFL: Humphries -- Left tackles are such a hot commodity in the NFL and Humphries has all the tools to make it to the next level. When he adds bulk, he will anchor Florida's line for the next three years.

Best recruiter: D.J. Durkin -- The Florida linebackers and special teams coach helped Florida land Humphries, Bullard, four-star defensive end Alex McCalister and four-star safety Rhaheim Ledbetter. Durkin also helped land linebackers Jeremi Powell and Morrison.