Florida Gators 2010 National Signing Day notes

By Adam Silverstein
February 3, 2010

Courtesy of the University of Florida’s University Athletic Association:

» The University of Florida football team had 11 student-athletes enroll in January 2010, the highest number in school history.
» The 2010 signing class includes nine players from the South Florida area (Dade, Palm Beach and Broward Counties). In the previous five signing classes combined (2005-09), UF totaled 11 signees from the same area.
» The Gators continued to be a factor on the national stage, signing 12 players from out of state in 2010. Players in the 2010 class are from Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Georgia (3), Maryland (2), New York and Pennsylvania.
» For the fourth straight year, UF signed a player from the state of California and for the third straight year the Gators signed a player from Alabama. It marked the second-straight year a player from Maryland and Connecticut signed with Florida.
» Of the 12 high school players rated as five-star recruits by ESPN, Florida has signed four. The Gators signed 11 of the top 50 players according to ESPN. Overall, the Gators signed 17 players from the ESPNU 150 list of players.

Check out notes on individual players in the class after the jump…

» Florida signed four players from the 2010 Parade High School All-America team: S Matt Elam, DT Sharrif Floyd, DE Ronald Powell and CB Joshua Shaw. The Gators have signed 23 Parade All-Americans under Urban Meyer (2005-10). UF signed 18 Parade All-Americans between 1999-2004.
» Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington) was named the 2009 National High School Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.
» Early enrollee Elam (Palm Beach Gardens/Dwyer) was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Football for the state of Florida.
» Florida signed both teams’ MVPs from the 2010 Under Armour All-America Football Game: DT Dominique Easley was the MVP for the black team and LB Michael Taylor was the MVP for the white team. The Gators also signed Powell, the MVP from the 2010 U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
» Four signees won state championships as seniors in high school. UF signed three players from Dwyer High School, Florida’s 4A state champion team: Gerald Christian, Robert Clark and Elam. Easley and Curtis High School won the 2009 Public Schools Athletic League championship in New York.


  1. Denver Gators says:

    An amazing class of athletes, congrats and thanks to the Gator coaching staff. Hopefully Urban can get some rest now and get ready for an entertaining next year. Also, thanks for the ongoing information Adam. It made my 9-to-5 more enjoyable today.

  2. ReptilesRule says:

    Outrageous class! Urban, Addazio and crew will have alot of talent to coach up! My Grades and comments by position…QB=B, 2 very athletic guys in Burton and Murphy. Underated as passers, Burton shows great leadership skills and Murphy could be used as a return man….RB=solid B, the guy Urban wanted. Good enough for me….WR=B+, look for Dunkley, Soloman and probably Coxson to play early…TE=A, 2 really good ones with Powell being a 3rd factor in the red zone offense…. OL=solid B, not big in numbers but big in quality…DL=A++ OMG!!!…LB=solid B, three fast guys who have time to develop….DB=A, athletes, athletes, athletes and another Haden to boot! OVERALL…A+

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    What an amazing day. I cannot believe it all came together without a hitch. McShay can now suck it as I could see how this pissed him off commit after commit.

    Great day to be a Gator and welcome to the family.

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