Florida tops the ranks

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Kendall Rogers        
Published: Friday, January 13, 2012

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No. 1 Florida

Recruiting coordinator: Craig Bell
Number of signees: 17
Highest ranked prospect: RHP Lance McCullers (#2 nationally)
Prospects in the PG Top 50: 3
Prospects in the PG Top 100: 5
Prospects in the PG Top 500: 17
Number of pitchers: 7
Number of position players: 10
PG All-Americans: P Lance McCullers, P Tucker Simpson, OF Jesse Winker
Conference class rank: #1 (SEC)

At some point a recruiting class will be counted on more than others.

That certainly will be the case for the Florida Gators’ 2012 recruiting class, which ranks No. 1 in the nation with the MLB draft still yet to come.

The Gators have taken some major strides under the tutelage of coach Kevin O’Sullivan. They reached the College World Series two seasons ago before reaching the CWS Finals last season against South Carolina. This season, expectations once again are high as the Gators will be picked by most to win the program’s first national title.

With their recent rash of success, and expected accomplishments in ’12, it’s only natural the Gators will have to deal with some significant turnover. Amazingly, UF could lose 10-12 players to either graduation or the MLB draft after the upcoming season. That list potentially could include seven everyday position starters, too.

Good thing the Gators assembled an exceptional class with only a few draft risks. The class includes 17 total players, with 10 of them primarily position players and seven primarily pitchers. Interestingly, the Gators signed just one left-handed arm.

“Recruiting isn’t necessarily year-to-year for us. We’ve kind of known for a while this would be a year in which we’d have some significant turnover,” O’Sullivan said. “We can’t just recruit great players and piece them together somehow. With this class, we went out there and recruited to our expected needs.”

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