Compared to recent history and other transitional signing classes, I think Dan Mullen’s first recruiting haul turned out well overall. However, recruiting classes don’t exist in a vacuum within a single school or year.

That’s why today I’m breaking down how UF’s four most recent classes look compared to four annual rivals and a fifth in-state competitor: Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, and Tennessee. These programs are ones that recruit against Florida often and are the measuring sticks that Gator fans care about the most.

First up, here is how many total recruits that each of the six programs have signed in the past four classes. This is just the complete total and doesn’t include any affordances for attrition.

The first thing that I think of are the two limits: 25 recruits per year and 85 players on the team.

We should expect most programs to sign more than 85 players in a four-year period. There are factors like NFL early entrants, transfers, medical disqualifications, signing JUCOs with only a couple years of eligibility left, and so forth that lead a program to sign more than 85 every four years. Only a handful of programs will redshirt nearly everyone and not experience much attrition, leading them to sign fewer than 85 guys every four years. Stanford is an example, as it signed 76 total recruits over the last four classes.

UGA and UT actually managed to bring in more than 25 per year because they were able to count some of their 2015 signees backwards to 2014. Tennessee also used some interesting methods to sign 32 players in 2014, not all of which were ever explained, and one upshot is that the Vols were able to bring in 30 more in 2015. Georgia was also willing to oversign in