May 31, 2008

Gators staying in-state for top talent

In the class of 2008, twelve of Florida's twenty-two signees came from outside of the Sunshine State and ten of the twenty-two came from states other than Florida and Georgia. There were several reasons for the Gators being forced to look elsewhere for talent last year. They ranged from traditional recruiting territories being down on talent, to the fact that some high school prospects simply liked other programs more.

In the end - despite having to look far and wide, the Gators more than filled their needs while once again ending up with one of the top signing classes in the nation.

During his post signing day press conference Urban Meyer stated that when it comes to recruiting, with the high school talent available in the area, it is his intention to dominate the region first.

"That's (one reason) why our staff came here because within four or five hours of campus you have the best players in the country so our focus is here," Meyer said.

Though the class of 2009 is only five players strong at the moment. It is safe to say that he and the UF staff are practicing what he preached that day.

So far in this recruiting cycle four of the five commitments play their high school football within the state's borders.

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