Justin Fuente and his staff are busy recruiting in advance of next Wednesday, February 4th – otherwise known as National Signing Day. Coming off the school’s most successful football campaign in nearly a century, Fuente and Memphis – according to the national rating systems – appear to be making some minor but noticeable strides on the recruiting trail.
247Sports.com currently has Memphis’ 19-man class listed as the 80th best in the country. While that isn’t going to grab any headlines, it’s a respectable 6th place in the AAC.
Rivals.com has Memphis with 21 commits – and lists the class at 77th in the country. That’s good for 5th in the AAC – behind Cincinnati, USF, UCF and SMU.
By comparison, in 2014, Rivals listed Memphis at 9th in the AAC.
In 2013, Memphis was 10th.
So indeed, progress is being made.
One oddity about these rankings? Sitting at #102 in the Rivals list – a full 25 spots below the University of Memphis – are the mighty Florida Gators of the SEC. The Gators currently have only 9 commits.
Baffled by this development, I turned to a friend and college football recruiting guru to seek understanding of this abnormality.
“Neither class is finished yet; there’s no way UF ends with only 9 commitments; they still have some big fish out there; but i hope they miss on all of their targets; and…iiiiii like it.”
It should be noted that he’s a graduate and life-long fan of the University of Tennessee.
But he knows his stuff.
I turned to another friend, a Florida graduate, for a comment on the recruiting disparity between the Tigers and Gators:
“They (Florida) still have a better chance of making the Sweet 16. At least as long as Pastner is coaching.”
So he’s taking it well.