Florida's chances of landing a top recruiting class increased Wednesday, with the announcement that two more Gators are leaving the program. SB Nation's own Alligator Army reported that defensive end Lynden Trail and defensive back Joshua Shaw, both red-shirt freshmen will transfer.
Shaw, a defensive back, and Trail, a defensive end, were both part of the class of 2010, Urban Meyer's last recruiting class at Florida, and both didn't see the field in 2010. Shaw played sparingly as a reserve cornerback in 2011, tallying 22 tackles, and none more than his six against Auburn. Trail did not see the field for Florida this season...
Of course, being recognized for the "No. 1 class" is a function of both talent and numbers. UF certainly has the talent so far, with most services rating 75 percent of their 17 commitments as 4-stars or better.
Other teams have a similar ratio. But what they don't have that Florida does is room. Lots, and lots of room.
Based on my unofficial count, Florida has either 65 or 66 current scholarship players. That's well under the limit of 85, and it will fall more as eight seniors depart. Throw in a few more transfers who don't fit Will Muschamp's system, plus a medical disqualification or two, and UF could be welcoming upwards of 30 new Gators come National Signing Day. No other team with similar quality recruits has the room to fit 30 this season.
For more on the Florida Gators and their recruiting, check out Alligator Army