GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There's a short list of true freshmen cornerbacks who have made instant impacts at Florida in recent years. And the success that Joe Haden and Janoris Jenkins have had in the NFL has become a source of tremendous pride for the Gators.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Class of 2007 only won one national championship, but it stands alone as the single most talent-rich recruiting class in school history. The list of NFL players is mind-boggling, but as part of our week-long series looking at Florida's five most impactful recruiting classes of the last decade, the focus is on college football.
The SEC's successes reach far beyond the college football landscape. Sure, the seven consecutive BCS titles -- which came to an end this year thanks to a pretty darn good Florida State team -- are well-documented, but most of the studs in this league eventually make it to the big leagues, where they continue to strut their stuff.
Four-star running back Jonathan Haden (Washington/Friendship Collegiate) pledged to sign with Arizona, he confirmed in a text message. Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia were his other scholarship offers.
about 670 days ago | Dave Hooker | On The Trail: East Region
One thing is becoming abundantly clear in the Urban Meyer era. The two-time national champion coach likes players with NFL bloodlines. In the Class of 2014, Ohio State has offered Christian McCaffrey the son of three-time Super Bowl winner Ed McCaffrey.
about 675 days ago | Brad Bournival | NCF On The Trail
Carl Lint (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) is watching with an interested eye every time Ohio University squares off in an incredible season. The 5-foot-11, 145-pound slot receiver keeps tabs on the Bobcats and is enamored even though the school's dream undefeated season came to end Saturday.
about 879 days ago | Brad Bournival | On The Trail: Midwest Region
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't have to worry about cornerback Bradley Roby this week. No player on the Buckeyes roster is more geared up for Saturday's game than Roby, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore from Suwanee, Ga.
about 924 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Ohio State Buckeyes
An early recruit from the Class of 2014 with a very familiar name could be making his way to Ohio State. Haden. As in Jonathan Haden, the brother of Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Florida Gator Joe Haden.
about 946 days ago | Brad Bournival | Florida State Seminoles
A running back from the class of 2014 with a very familiar name is sizing up his favorites. Jonathan Haden (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), the brother of Cleveland Browns cornerback and former Florida Gators cornerback Joe Haden.
about 946 days ago | Brad Bournival | Florida Gators