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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Signing day: Blue chippers flocking to Florida

AP College Football Writer

NEW YORK The blue chip recruits are still flocking to Florida.

Despite the uncertainty about coach Urban Meyer's future with the Gators, Florida landed one of the top classes in the country Wednesday on national signing day.

In December, Meyer first resigned, then decided instead to take a leave of absence to deal with health issues. That leave hasn't happened yet, and any concern that Meyer's decision would hurt the Gators' recruiting this year have been dismissed.

At the top of Florida's class is Ronald Powell, a 240-pound defensive end from California, rated the No. 1 prospect in the country by Rivals.com.

Texas and Alabama, the teams that played for last season's national championship, are also expected to have highly rated classes.