Looking at the combined 2021/2022 classes on offense

Feb 5, 2022 | 0 comments


It happens every cycle, grades are assigned to individual signing classes. While they do serve a purpose, the best way to see what needs have been sufficiently met and where there are holes to be filled is to combine the last two signing classes.

QUARTERBACK

PlayerCommentStars
Max Brown‍ His tape is actually intriguing, but it is the competition level he played against that is most concerning. It is also troublesome that in-state programs Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa never showed him any interest.""
Carlos Del Rio‍ He didn’t see any action at all this past season, but Inside the Gators was told that when Anthony Richardson was unable to participate in the bowl game practices, it was Del Rio who was taking second-string reps.""
Jalen Kitna‍ After redshirting this past season he will be an interesting player to keep an eye on this coming spring. He signed with Florida specifically to be coached by Dan Mullen, after Mullen's former quarterback Dak Prescott helped sell the family (Kitna’s dad was on staff with the Cowboys) on Mullen.""
@Jack Miller">Jack Miller‍ There’s basically nothing to show for his two years at Ohio State. Though his measurables from when he was in high school aren’t all that impressive (5.05 forty and 4.85 shuttle), ITG was told that he looks athletic during early offseason workouts.""
Overview: Combining the four above with Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson gives Florida six scholarship quarterbacks – including five on campus to go through spring ball. That's simply too many. The coaches are going to have to strike a balance between making sure the front-line guys get enough reps as they try to learn the new offense while making sure everyone feels like they are getting a fair shot. Then, if no one leaves, they’ll add Brown in the fall. 
Losing: None
Need: 1

RUNNING BACK

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Demarkcus Bowman‍ You are looking at one of the reasons Dan Mullen failed at Florida. Even when he was able to reel in top talent, he was reluctant to play youngsters. No matter how deep the backfield is, in some form or some fashion you find a way to get the ball to explosive players such as Bowman. He had 14 touches in five games.""
Trevor Etienne‍ This is a solid get for the Gators based on tape and a damn good get when you consider the fact that Florida beat out Clemson and LSU for his services.""
Montrell Johnson‍ It will be interesting to see how 800-yards of rushing in the Sun Belt Conference equates against SEC type of competition because against ULL’s best opponents (Texas, ASU, Liberty, and Marshall), he didn’t fare particularly well.""

Overview: After relying on transfers for the past couple of years, for the first time since signing Nay’Quan Wright has landed a high school back in Etienne. Speaking of Wright, he has made some social media posts that could call into question whether or not he will stick around. The same might be said of Lorenzo Lingard if he falls to third-string or worse. 
Losing: None
Need: 1-2

WIDE RECEIVER

PlayerCommentStars
Marcus Burke‍ Going into the season one thing that set him apart from the rest of the receiving corps was his top-end speed, and we saw that in one long pass catch against South Carolina, but he didn't do much else. Our Anonymous Player Q&A stated that he didn't work hard at first, but we've been told that he is improving in that area.""
Caleb Douglas‍ ‍ Honestly, he looks a whole lot like more of the same. Florida has a ton of tall receivers who can high point the ball, and Douglas looks like a carbon copy of that model.""
Daejon Reynolds‍ 

After he received glowing reviews last spring, he sort of fell off a bit during fall camp and then only caught one pass for negative yardage during the season. Like with Bowman at the very top of this breakdown, I’ll attribute that to Mullen’s reluctance to play underclassmen.

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Overview: As we observed during the season on a game thread, Florida simply doesn't have the overall speed at the position that you would expect from UF. The Gators were well on the way to remedying that when they had commitments from Isiah Bond and CJ Smith, but as it stands now, who does Florida have that can take the top off of a defense? Who can get behind the secondary on a consistent basis? Speed needs to be a priority in the class of 2023.
Losing: Jordan Pouncey
Need: 3-4


TIGHT END

PlayerCommentStars
Nick Elksnis‍ Mullen all but said that they made a mistake in how the staff handled Elksnis’ freshman season, using him in the first four games and then sitting him the rest of the season. Go back to the rave reports he received from players and coaches, and it’s only a matter of when, not if, when it comes to him making an impact.""
Hayden Hansen‍ When you see him in person, he is one of the most well-put-together high school tight ends you will ever see. Legitimate height and muscle-bound. Looking at his tape, he’s more of a bull than a gazelle when it comes to the passing game. I see more of an in-line blocker to start with, we’ll see if he develops into a reliable option in the passing game.""
Tony Livingston‍  To be honest, after seeing him play tight end, it's questionable as to why he would be a ‘take’ off the commitment list of the previous staff, while others weren't. It will be interesting to see how he develops once he puts basketball in his rearview mirror and concentrates solely on football""
Gage Wilcox‍ The jury is still out on Wilcox after playing but two games as a freshman and his most meaningful play was his attempt at fielding a kickoff.""

Overview: While we wait for Keon Zipperer to finally live up to his billing, it's safe to say that Elksnis is the proverbial sleeping giant at the position. With the addition of two more tight ends in this class, while still waiting on word from Arlis Boardingham, even if they feature a lot of 12 personnel sets, do you carry seven tight ends on the roster?
Losing: None
Need: 0-1

TACKLE

PlayerCommentStars
Austin Barber‍ As you would expect of a freshman offensive lineman in the SEC, the staff kept him under the five-game threshold to allow him to redshirt.""
David Conner‍ He's without question Orange & Blue through and through, but putting that aside, it will be interesting to see how he develops. He didn’t have an impressive offer list, and is a hold-over commit from the previous staff.""
Kamryn Waites‍ The former basketball player saw action in three late-season games for Lousiana and apparently played well enough to be bumped to a four-star as a transfer.""
Yousef Mugharbil‍ A late August accident in which his scooter collided with a truck basically cost him his freshman season. We’ll see what he has this spring.""

Overview: Though Stone Forsythe improved dramatically as a senior, it’s been years since Florida has had a dominant offensive tackle, and to this point, no one on the current roster shows signs of ending that slide. 
Losing: None
Need: 2-3

GUARD/CENTER

PlayerCommentStars
Jalen Farmer‍ It is impossible to overplay how important Florida landing Jalen Farmer is to this class. Yes, he is rated as a three-star, and I am as big of a star whore as anyone out there. However, equally as important are committable offers, and Farmer had one from Alabama, Auburn, and Kentucky (and the UK offensive line coach, who is now with the Tide) has a history of being able to identify offensive line talent.""
Jake Slaughter‍ Our Anonymous Player Q&A stated that he is ‘A strong ass kid who will take over at center eventually’ ""
O'Cyrus Torrence‍ Florida signed an All-American transfer. The right guard position is his to lose. The only question here is whether he sticks around for one or two years.""
Christian Williams‍ As with Brown and Hansen above, while this may have been a signature signee for Lousiana, it seems like a reach for Florida. What I look for when it comes to out-of-state targets is what kind of interest did he get from in-state Power 5 programs. It seems like none of those in the Lonestar State knew Williams existed. That is a scary take – and a project to be kind. ""

Overview: Add Jalen Farmer and O’Cyrus Torrence this cycle to go with Jake Slaughter being seen as an up-and-comer and Florida has met their needs on the interior of the line over the last two cycles.
Losing: None
Need: 1-2

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