The Florida Gators’ 2023 recruiting class isn’t off to a great start under new head coach Billy Napier.

Florida currently has only four players committed to its 2023 recruiting class, which ranks No. 37 in the nation.

Having just four commits isn’t a huge issue for the Gators at this point — Alabama, for example, only has three players committed to its 2023 recruiting class.

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Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier thanks his team for a good scrimmage after Blue beat Orange 34-0 as the Florida Gators scrimmaged themselves during the annual Orange and Blue spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL, Thursday afternoon, April 14, 2022. [Doug Engle/Ocala Star Banner]2022
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The Florida commits, however, aren’t nearly the same quality as the Alabama commits. None of the Gators’ four commits are ranked inside the top 250 (their four commits are ranked No. 280, No. 300, No. 413, and No. 591).

Alabama’s three commits are all ranked inside the top 250 (247Sports composite). The Crimson Tide have a five-star cornerback committed and a four-star safety committed. They also have a four-star edge rusher committed.

Additionally, I think it’s safe to say that Nick Saban has proved over the last 15 years that he’ll close with a strong class as usual.

Napier, however, hasn’t earned that reputation. This is his first full recruiting cycle in the SEC and he hasn’t proved anything. We can’t assume that he’ll close with a strong class. So for now, if you’re a Florida fan, I think there’s some cause for concern. Napier might not be able to replicate his recruiting success from Louisiana in Gainesville.

Meanwhile, the Gators’ rivals, the Tennessee Vols, are having no issues on the recruiting trail under head coach Josh Heupel. The Vols have the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation with nine commits so far. Four of those nine commits are ranked inside the top 250.

The landscape of the SEC East could be changing in the coming years. The Vols appear to be on the rise while Florida seems to be stuck in neutral right now. Maybe Napier will turn things around for the Gators. And maybe Florida continues their winning streak over Tennessee.

But based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s the Vols that are set up better for long-term success. At least for now.

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