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Take Five: A final look at the 2017 cycle

Now that Signing Day has come and gone, and Florida Gators football players are officially in the books, it’s time to take a final look back at the Class of 2017.


This is NOT a listing of who I believe will be the five best players of the signees see my Great Eight for that.

These are the five signees who I believe are most likely to make an early impact.

1) Kyree Campbell - He is an early enrollee who at the very least will be on the two deep this spring. It doesn't exactly take a giant leap of faith to see him in the rotation early on.

2) C.J. Henderson - Heading into the 2017 season Florida's new defensive backs coach Corey Bell is tasked with finding two new starting cornerbacks with no preconceived notions that may favor the returning players. That, along with his talent and athleticism, should make Henderson a favorite at one spot.

3) Kemore Gamble - With what is returning at the position, if Gamble remains healthy, I would bet that he comes out of spring ball no worse than second on the depth chart.

4) Malik Davis - I don't expect him to beat out Jordan Scarlett or Lamical Perine, but he could be utilized as a change of pace back early on in his career.

5) Kadeem Telfort - For certain left guard is wide open heading into the spring - and to be honest, Fred Johnson probably doesn't completely have the right side nailed down. If he is in the 310-315 range, he has a chance to at least be in the rotation.


At this point a certain segment of those reading this are fuming. They believe this line of commentary is incendiary. These are Florida signees, they are God's gift to the Gator Nation and each and every one of them is destined for an All-American type of career.

Therefore, nothing like this should ever be written about any of them.

That is the fandom side of things. The reality is, if the numbers hold true, roughly a third of a signing class won't pan out, or play at all for various reasons including academics, injury, off-the-field issues or a flat out lack of talent.

While any one of the following five could go on to achieve heights no Florida player has ever seen, these are the signees that I believe will have an uphill battle for one reason or another.


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