Florida had one last shot to grab a five-star prospect and potentially program-changing gamebreaker in the 2014 recruiting class on National Signing Day. And with Adoree' Jackson electing to stay out west at USC, spurning the Gators, Florida missed.
Jackson, one of the nation's top athletes and a five-star prospect, had been a white whale of sorts for the Gators: He visited Gainesville last summer and loved the University of Florida, especially the Gators' national title-winning track program, but never returned to campus, teasing Florida fans from afar with tweets and tantalizing plays on the field.
Missing out on Jackson is missing out on the highest-ranked uncommitted player in the nation, and maybe the fastest athlete in the Class of 2014, and a dynamite track star with a potential Olympic future who would have been a massive boost for the Florida track program. It hurts.
It hurts a lot.