Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight defensive lineman Gerald Willis III (90) during the first half at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2014: Grades and Analysis for Florida

The Florida Gators finished with the nation’s No. 9 class and the No. 7 class in the Southeastern Conference with 24 signees, including nine who are already enrolled in classes, which is a pretty impressive feat for a team coming off their worst season in ages.

You can view the entire Florida class here.

The Gators did an outstanding job adding elite defensive talent in the form of Jalen Tabor, Gerald Willis, Thomas Holley, Khairi Clark and Duke Dawson. This infusion of talent to a roster than includes Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler on the defensive line and last year’s top recruit Vernon Hargreaves means the Gator defense will continue to be dominant.

Offensively, much has been made of the decommitments of running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Ermon Lane who both went to Florida State, but quarterback Will Grier, offensive tackle David Sharpe, wide receiver J.C. Jackson and dual-threat quarterback/offensive weapon Treon Harris who flipped from Florida State is a nice haul all things considered.

If Grier, develops into the second coming of Danny Wuerffel and not the next Jeff Driskel then this class will be one that potentially keeps Will Muschamp in Gainesville longer than one would think after a four-win season in 2013.

Grade: A for defense, B for offense so my final grade is A-/B+

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