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Class of 2017 Great Eight

Inside the Gators polls such as the Hot 11 and Great Eight are usually reserved for ranking the performance of University of Florida football players or recruiting targets remaining on the board.

However, this time around we are using it to predict which of the incoming freshmen will be the biggest difference makers during their Gator career.

Trying to predict which high school signees will or won't be capable of making a major contribution on the next level can be a tricky situation.

It is a given that any prospect signed by a major power such as Florida has talent, but what they do with that talent is still an unknown.

Will they continue to develop or have they reached their ceiling? Will they stay injury free or be injury prone? Will they have off-the-field issues or be solid citizens?

All of that is is still an unknown. However, with that in mind, here are the Great Eight signees in the class of 2017 based on need, ranking, ability and future prospects.


* Take Five: A closer look at new assistants Bell & Davis

* 2016 Great Eight

* Take Five: Everything you need to know about JaJuan Seider

* Signing Class Grades: Offense

* Signing Class Positional Grades - Defense

* 2017 Recruiting Class Superlatives

* Player switches positions ahead of spring ball

* Florida coaches share signee evaluations




The Process: On the surface this should have been more of a battle with Wilson being torn between his father Chad's Alma Mater Miami and his brother Quincy's Alma Mater Florida. And though there was some buildup on the Hurricanes' side of things right before his announcement in early August, it always felt like he was destined to end up a Gator.

Constructive Criticism: Though Florida lists him at 180-pounds (five pounds less then his Rivals listed weight) - from a build standpoint, he looks much smaller than that. He has a narrow frame to where it looks like he would struggle to carry 200 pounds, but 190 should be doable.

The Bottom Line: Coming in, while he may not look as thick as his brother Quincy, therefore may not be as physical, he does look more athletic. Thus he may have to rely on that a bit more than just bullying receivers. With his father's background it is safe to assume that he will come in with a leg up on other corners, but if he were an early enrollee it would have given him a jump start on contributing more this coming season. He should be looked upon as a player who has a much higher ceiling than you might see from him right away.



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