Grading the Gators’ 2017 signing class

Wide receiver Daquon Green during the annual Friday Night Lights football camp on July 24, 2015, in Gainesville. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun) QUARTERBACK: The Gators wanted to add one and they had their guy wrapped up 18 months ago with the very early commitment from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas’ Jake Allen. Kadarius Toney will start out at QB, but seems destined to be a WR. Grade: B.

RUNNING BACK: Always looking for more playmakers on offense, the Gators added a potential home-run hitter in Tampa Jesuit tailback Malik Davis. Grade: B+.

RECEIVERS: This was not a big area of need after signing five WRs a year ago, but the Gators added a four-star wideout in Daquon Green and a four-star tight end in early enrollee Kemore Gamble. Grade: B+

OFFENSIVE LINE: The Gators signed two four-star prospects in T.J. Moore and early enrollee Kadeem Telfort, who both project as tackles. Although not a critical area of need, the Gators would have liked to add one more. Grade: B-.

DEFENSIVE LINE: The Gators had an almost desperate need for tackles, and they filled the need by signing three highly rated prospects — Tedarrell Slaton, Elijah Conliffe and early enrollee Kyree Campbell. UF also picked up four-star defensive end Zachery Carter. Grade: A.

LINEBACKER: Another position of need that the Gators filled by signing four, including early enrollee James Houston and former North Carolina State commitment Nick Smith. Check out the tape of Ventrell Miller. Grade: B.

SECONDARY: Replenishing a depleted DBU was priority No. 1 in this recruiting cycle, and UF met the huge need, signing six defensive backs, including four-star cornerbacks Brad Stewart, C.J. Henderson and Marco Wilson. Grade: A.

OVERALL: The Gators closed strong to finish with a consensus top-15 class. Coach Jim McElwain and his staff filled the most pressing areas of need at defensive tackle, linebacker and in the secondary. UF came up a just a little bit short on the offensive line, but it’s hard to knock this overall class. Grade: B+.

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