Stars and sleepers in 2012 class
Our recruiting roundtable discusses the state of the Gators' recruiting class
Updated: November 17, 2011, 12:21 PM ETGatorNation
ESPN National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill and state of Florida Regional Coordinator Corey Long join GatorNation recruiting writer Derek Tyson to critique the Gators' growing Class of 2012 and predict the standouts and sleepers. What is your overall assessment of Florida's class?
Tom Luginbill: I really like what they have done in the offensive line. They have added quick feet, athleticism and physicality to their front with D.J. Humphries, Omari Phillips and Jessamen Dunker. The secondary is loaded with big hitters in the mold of Major Wright, with the likes of Rhaheim Ledbetter and Marcus Maye along with some coverage upgrades in Brian Poole on the perimeter.
Corey Long: First thing that jumps out is a commitment to getting better up front. Humphries could be a 3-4 year starter. Guys like Dunker and Phillips have a lot of potential. Tight end Colin Thompson will be instrumental to the run game as an in-line blocker. So that's the good. Obviously the class will need another high-caliber wide receiver, possibly two. Nelson Agholor should be at the top of the board, if he isn't already. But overall I think it's a good group.
Derek Tyson: Will Muschamp has put an emphasis on being more physical on both lines of scrimmage. The Gators are adding beef on the defensive line with Phillips (6-foot-6/275 pounds), Quinteze Williams (6-4/295) and JaFar Mann (6-4/294). Humphries will be a cornerstone on the O-line for the next 3-4 years. If Florida can close out with a big-time defensive end and a playmaker at receiver, such as Agholor or Stefon Diggs, this will be a top-five class.
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