Gators try to hold off charging Dawgs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida lost a key recruiting battle to rival Georgia earlier this week and as a result the Bulldogs are right behind the Gators in ESPN's final pre-Signing Day Class of 2012 rankings.

The Gators remained fourth in the rankings, but the Bulldogs moved up from seventh to fifth after landing ESPNU defensive end Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County). The two schools will be competing for several other high-profile recruits in the coming weeks -- including four-star linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons and four-star offensive tackle Avery Young -- and the Gators will need to close strong in order to avoid a repeat of what happened between the schools on the field last October: a come-from-behind victory by the Bulldogs.

Florida's class includes one five-star recruit (D.J. Humphries) and 12 four-star recruits, including two (receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker) who have enrolled early. Humphries also has enrolled early. The Gators also have a chance to make the class even better and possibly crack the top three in the final rankings should they finish strong in the next few weeks.

In addition to Harvey-Clemons and Young, the Gators are still in the running to land four-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), four-star wideout Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep), four-star defensive end Darius Hamilton (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco High School) and four-star defensive end Alex McCalister (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth High School). McCalister is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend.

The top four in the latest 2012 Class Rankings did not change from the previous rankings: Alabama, Texas, Florida State and Florida.