Florida's national signing day isn't exactly starting the way the coaches would have liked.
After missing out on No. 1 outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes), who committed to Georgia, the Gators' coaching staff missed on top cornerback prospect Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla.), who picked Miami.
Florida was considered the overwhelming favorite to get Howard until he took his official visit to Miami over the weekend. The chatter since then led many to believe that Howard had put the Hurricanes ahead of the Gators. Howard made that a reality when he committed live on ESPNU Wednesday morning.
While Florida does have depth at cornerback and should sign current commit Brian Poole (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast), who is the No. 7 corner prospect, losing Howard had to be a crushing blow for the staff. The Gators' coaches worked extremely hard to get Howard and spent a lot of time recruiting him, but to lose him to a rival at the last minute had to hurt.