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College Football Recruiting: Transfers Hurt Florida's Highly Touted 2010 Class

By all accounts, the Florida Gators' 2010 recruiting class ranked among the best in the country. Scout and ESPN ranked it No. 1, while Rivals had it at No. 2. But as Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel notes, 10 players from that class have already transferred or been dismissed since coach Will Muschamp took over the program from the departed Urban Meyer.

Despite the letdown, George quotes one expert who believes the class could redeem itself:

“I would say it’s disappointing but they were extremely high expectations,” said Brandon Pertner, an assistant editor at, “and you’ve still got two years left with these guys. I don’t know if you can fully evaluate them at least until after their junior seasons coming up here.”

Among the highly ranked recruits from that class to leave Florida are tight end Gerald Christian, linebacker Chris Martin, and defensive back Josh Shaw. But the Gators have nonetheless gotten solid production from defensive linemen Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd and defensive back Matt Elam.

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