Though the Letters of Intent have been signed and faxed in, Inside the Gators isn't quite ready to move on from the class of 2017 just yet.
Today, in order give a more complete look at the Florida signees, NFL Network, NFL Films analyst Matt Hamilton shares his expert opinion on Florida's signing class.
All evaluations were based solely off each player's Rivals.com highlight film. Scouts usually need at least three full game tapes of a player to get a full evaluation of his skill set, strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. More so, scouts prefer the tapes not to be from consecutive games. Highlight tapes only show off a few physical traits and some tendencies as far as technique is concerned, making it hard to get an overall assessment of where a player truly stands. By it's very nature, it shows the prospect at his best and will lead to a more positive review than if you were to see an entire game tape.
It is also important to keep in mind things like practice habits,health status and character go a long way in determining recruits' future success.
Having said that, here is what I observed from watching their highlight tapes:
* Running Back Malik Davis - Davis is a well-built, explosive straight-line runner. Has very good speed and excellent acceleration -- has an extra gear that few have. You think he's at top speed and you have him bottled up and he's able to hit another level. Shows good vision, not only hitting holes, but setting up blocks in the open field. Is able to be patient when he has to be as well. Just average feet and elusiveness, more of a one-cut and go type runner. Displays very good balance and strength, will run through arm tackles with ease. Has a good build, can physically play right away if needed. Overall, Davis is a home run threat every time he touches the ball and will be able to get the tough yards between the tackles as well.
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