Florida may have lost in the SEC title game and coach Urban Meyer may be taking a leave of absence, but nothing has slowed the Gators on national letter-of-intent signing day.
Florida received verbal commitments from five five-star players in the ESPNU 150, including the top player, defensive end Ronald Powell of Moreno Valley, Calif. The Gators also have signed the top defensive tackle in the class, Dominique Easley of Staten Island, N.Y., (No. 3 in the rankings), and safety Jonathan Dowling of Bradenton, Fla. (No. 10 in the rankings).
Matt Elam, No. 9 in the ESPNU rankings, has also signed with Florida. He was a running back and linebacker in high school, but appears headed for defense in college.
ESPNU and ESNP360.com have live coverage and analysis of signings throughout the day.
National runner-up Texas has the No. 2 class in the ESPNU rankings, led by Jackson Jeffcoat, a defensive end from Plano, Texas, and the son of former Dallas Cowboy Jim Jeffcoat. The Longhorns also have signed Jordan Hicks, the top outside linebacker in the class from West Chester, Ohio.
Alabama, the defending national champ, has the No. 3 class which includes the nation's top quarterback, Phillip Sims of Chesapeake, Va.
Auburn, the Crimson Tide's biggest rival, picked up the nation's top running back, Michael Dyer of Little Rock, Ark. Auburn has the No. 5 class in the country, according to ESPNU.
Georgia, despite not having any commitment from a top-10 player, is ilkely to end up with a top 10 class, according to ESPNU. Alec Ogletree, a safety from Newnam, Ga., is their top-ranked player.
Florida State has a commitment from the top cornerback in the class, Lamarcus Joyner from Miami. Jeff Luc, the top outside linebacker in the class from Port St. Lucie, Fla., has signed with Florida State.
New USC coach Lane Kiffin has one top-10 recruit in his class. Robert Woods, the No. 1 wide receiver from Gardena, Calif., has committed to the Trojans.
Among the undeclared players, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn., is the No. 9-ranked player in the class. Demar Dorsey, a safety from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and No. 12 is the rankings, is also undeclared.