After the de-commitment of CJ Smith, the Gators were down to number 58 in the recruiting rankings.... in one short week, we've jumped up to #9 with the addition of Thornton last night.
This seems like the shift in recruiting trends that I've been waiting for since Mac arrived. The Gator brand had never been in a worse place when Muschamp left and I knew it would take some time to get things rolling like with Meyer and co. but I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this staff has turned things around. That can't be said enough because despite my optimistic position towards this staff, I would be the first to admit that our recruiting efforts have been sub-par the last few years. Not terrible, but not great either. I believe this was mainly due to the negative perception of UF football. The only way to get out of a rut like that is to either hire a coach with shady recruiting tactics, or be patient and put a solid product onto the field. We did the latter, while Mac hasn't had the great offense we expected from him yet posters like 2222 have shown us over and over all we've needed was a QB and a decent Oline. The scheme has been good, just not executed.
Corral has the biggest arm of this class and great mobility and I think as long as he doesn't screw up, he could be the guy to change the culture of UF Football back to the way it was. With the facilities catching up and our offense primed to have a better season, it's just going to get better.
Congrats Mac and staff for being patient and getting the right guys.