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Water's wet, sky's blue, Gators have top class

As if there were any doubt, at least based on the projections heading into signing day, the Florida Gators have made their way out of today with the top recruiting class in the country.

Rivals.com.  Scout.com.  TomLemming’sWeatheredGrill.com.

All of those big boys of high school football recruiting listed above have loudly bestowed upon the Gators the mythical crown of having the best group of players who may or may not amount to much of anything at the collegiate level.

And, at least according to Rivals, it wasn’t even close this year.  Which was a given coming in.

What was perhaps the most surprising aspect of the final rankings was the school that came in right behind the Gators.

Entering this morning, Southern Cal found itself outside the Top Ten of the rankings.  Less than a day later?  Lane Kiffin‘s first USC class found itself quite a distance behind the Gators but  ahead of every other school in the nation to end up as Rivals’ No. 2 team.

Texas, No. 2 coming into signing day, finished No. 3, followed in quick succession by three SEC schools — Auburn, Alabama and LSU.

Another SEC school found its way into the Top Ten as well, and it might be the most impressive one of the bunch.

Faced with the daunting task of keeping a Top Five recruiting class from splintering thanks to the defection of the coach of the No. 2 recruiting team in the country, Derek Dooley grabbed the reins of an out-of-control Tennessee group and brought it home at No. 9 in Rivals’ rankings.  Again, that might be the most impressive job of any coach for any program in the country.

Rounding out the Top Ten was Oklahoma at No. 7, UCLA at No. 8 and Florida State — in their first Bobby Bowden-less class in over thirty years — at No. 10.

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  1. jeremyb91 says: Feb 3, 2010 10:51 PM

    There is doubt because Rivals just placed USC ahead of Florida for tops in recruiting this year.

  2. mudslider says: Feb 3, 2010 10:55 PM

    Really? I guess I have the west coast edition of Rivals.

  3. frozen says: Feb 3, 2010 10:57 PM

    “All of those big boys of high school football recruiting listed above have loudly bestowed upon the Gators the mythical crown of having the best group of players who may or may not amount to much of anything at the collegiate level.”
    One problem with that, you might want to check Rivals again

  4. jkirkpatrick says: Feb 3, 2010 11:12 PM

    Actually, Rivals has Southern Cal on top, both in total points (impressive since they signed 8 fewer players) and average star rating, by a very wide margin.

    Additionally, I’m interested (and likely not the only one) to see where things shake out once these schools accept their max of 25 players. In the top 10 rankings (according to Rivals) Florida (3), Auburn (7), Alabama (1), LSU (4) and Okalahoma (4) all have to get down to 25 scholarships by the fall.

    Florida still had an all-time class, but perhaps we should hold off on the greatest-of-all-time talk some sites are throwing around.

  5. Florida727 says: Feb 4, 2010 7:46 AM

    Unfortunately for some, games aren’t played on paper or ranking lists. They’re played inside TV sets. We’ll see come fall…

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