The Florida Gators finished the season strong with a dominant 30-3 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl. It meant more than it seems.
The Florida Gators finished off the season strong by thwarting the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl, but why does the bowl win mean more than just an extra trophy and tally in the win column?
Let me tell you. Finally, Some Momentum For Recruiting
The Gators currently have the 19th ranked recruiting class in the country according to 247Sports , which puts them at No. 8 in the SEC—right smack in the middle. The problem is that the class lacks any true star power and really is below average for a team trying to contend for an SEC title.
Florida definitely has some solid talent locked up, but it’s going to need a lot more to keep winning.
The 30-3 win should give them a lot of momentum. With reported recruiting battles with top recruits Tedarrell Slaton, LaBryan Ray, Levi Jones, Elijah Conliffe, and Kai Leon-Herbert, this should put them over the top.
I’m not saying this guarantees a commitment from all of those guys, but it will definitely help sweeten the deal in contrast to a blowout bowl loss like last season.
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I know what you’re thinking. Florida is ranked near the bottom of the FBS (128 teams) in almost every category for offense. The reason for that, though, is because they lack a quarterback.
Other than that, they have NFL prospects at every other position.The receiving corps is one of the best in the country. It’s headed by two monsters in Tyrie Cleveland and Antonio Callaway. Callaway is also considered the No. 1 wide receiver for next year’s draft by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.The stats don’t back up that argument because they lack someone to get them the ball, but if you watch the film, those two burned some NFL-caliber cornerbacks all season.From names like Desmond King to Marlon Humphrey, they all caught the dust of Callaway and Cleveland at some point, even if they didn’t get the ball. The wideouts should only get better with Joshua Hammond and Freddie Swain taking bigger roles next season, as well a some quality wideouts coming in via recruiting.The runnings backs are also something serious. Jordan Scarlett finished the season with 889 yards in a running back rotation that saw four backs get relatively equal snaps until mid-season. He also averaged 5.0 yards per carry behind one of the worst offensive lines in the SEC.The offensive line should get a hell of a lot better next year.Lamical Perine is also no slouch. The freshman showed numerous signs of great life this season.Florida also has a quality depth back in Mark Thompson, who set the tempo in the Outback Bowl after he “Cribbed” a screen before halftime. The Gators were missing more players on defense this past weekend than […]