Since all three recruiting services will release their final Class of 2022 prospect rankings over the next couple of weeks, today Inside the Gators takes a closer look at each of Florida’s 11 committed high school prospects and shares thoughts on their current 247 Sports Composite Ranking.
This is based on current ranking, offers, and tape with a bit of and our opinion, there are those who are severely underrated, some over ranked, and those whose ranking is right on the money.
The Bottom Line: Where he’s ranked is probably about where he belongs. He didn’t have much fanfare about him before he moved to South Florida for his final year of football. He didn't have a lot of big Power 5 options before Florida came in and got him. He, of course, wasn’t picked for any of the all-star games and in the highlights I’ve seen that he’s posted, nothing jumps out at you to make you question his three-star ranking.
The Bottom Line: In the limited snaps he received in San Antonio for the All American Bowl, he doesn't look as explosive as his brother Travis Etienne. For having sort of a ‘bowling ball’ build, he has balance and follows his blockers. He has a couple of highlights of him making big catches out of the backfield. I would say it’s fitting that he ends up in the 170-200 range.
The Bottom Line: Of Florida’s three offensive line commits, he is the only one that is a nationally ranked prospect – which in itself is a sad state of affairs. When I saw him on campus back in the summer he was actually getting ready to do a workout for Florida, and he received his offer not long afterward. One thing that tells you about his upside is his offer from Kentucky. No other SEC program does as good a job as identifying, offering, and then eventually developing under the radar offensive lineman as well as they do. With that being said, I could see him getting a slight bump upward.
The Bottom Line: He moves relatively well for a linebacker, but doesn’t have great size or strength for now. If we’re being honest, former Florida tight end commit CJ Hawkins got the best of him during last summer’s Friday Night Light’s camp, and then James missed part of his senior season with an injury. He’s not going to fall from four-star status, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him move back 15-25 spots, or perhaps just outside of the Top 100 if a lot of prospects behind him get a bump.
The Bottom Line: If he had kept on the weight he was carrying last spring and added on to it some, then I can absolutely understand his four-star ranking as a projected offensive tackle who had above-average athleticism for the position. However, as a 225-pound tight end, he isn't as athletic as some of the young men Florida has been signing at the position. He’ll likely lose his fourth star and be outside the top 400 when all is said and done.
The Bottom Line: His senior season should propel him upward a few spots at the very least. He has transformed his body, several times, over the last couple of years. Going back to when we first saw him almost three years ago at a Florida camp, he has surprising quickness for someone his size. He isn't the strongest, but he has enough natural explosion to get in the backfield. I can see him being bumped up into the 230 range.
The Bottom Line: He is an interesting story. It is a hell of a story that Florida was able to land him without having a head coach at that time. If we’re putting all the cards on the table though, at that time UF was the only school out of his finalists that were willing to take them. With the way he performed at the All American Bowl, the coaches at the other programs are probably kicking themselves. Not that his play all year deserves it, but these services put so much stock in these all-star weeks that they are likely to give him a huge bump based on just what they saw in San Antonio. He should move into the top 70 or so, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he shot up even further than that.
The Bottom Line: When it comes time for those who missed the mark on Moore to admit it, I’ll be the first one to raise my hand. I have seen him multiple times in person over the past two years, and though he has maintained his preference to play cornerback, I’ve said there's no way, not with his size potential. He proved me wrong last week. He should be Florida's biggest gainer in the final round of ranking updates. He could push for Top 100 status.
The Bottom Line: As was stated the last time we did this update, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how good a kicker/punter is or where they will be ranked.
The Bottom Line: When the analysts who do these rankings haven't seen a kid in person, though they won't admit it, more often than not it comes down to what his offer list looks like. In this instance, if it weren't for Florida, Williams won't be in possession of a single Power 5 offer. I doubt he moves up or down. If he does, what are they basing it on? He hasn't put up any new film or been to any camps or combines since the last round of rankings.
The Bottom Line: I got a chance to watch some of the practice from the week on ESPNU and then the game itself and Wilson showed about how you would expect. These settings don't play to his strong suit, being a physical safety, who is being asked in some instances to cover as though he was a cornerback. The bottom won't fall out of his ranking, but I wouldn't be shocked if he lost his fifth-star based solely on the week in Orlando and ended up down in the 40s.