Chris Stephens

Examining Each SEC School's Biggest Signees

Created on Feb. 11, 2014 3:13 AM EST


The Florida Gators had their worst season since 1979 when they went 4-8 in 2013.

The defense was one of the better ones in the country, but the problem was the offense. With this year's signing class, the Gators addressed some of their weaknesses, which helped them rank No. 9 in the team rankings.

While it's unclear whether quarterback Will Grier will get a chance to start as a freshman, the fourth-ranked quarterback in the country is a major get for head coach Will Muschamp. He gives the Gators a legitimate quarterback who can compete in the SEC.

But that's as far as it goes on offense as the Gators only signed three skill players. That's as many tight ends that they signed and half of the number of offensive tackles they signed. While Muschamp did address some depth issues, the lack of skill players on offense will hurt him down the road.

Defensive end Gerald Willis was the highest-ranked recruit, ranking as the Gators' lone five-star player. Muschamp garnered a lot of top-notch defensive recruits, which is what you expect him to do since he's a defensive coach.

Among the other big names the Gators signed were defensive tackle Khairi Clark (No. 5) and cornerback Jalen Tabor (No. 6). Florida also signed three other Top-20 corners.

Defensively, there are no issues with this class. But Muschamp again failed to get the playmakers needed on offense to make it explosive.