Recruiting thoughts

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    Has the UF recruiting base significantly decreased because of the panhandle / big bend is generally controlled by Bama and FSU somewhat.? also the south florida area now that the sanctions have come and gone for UM has UF basically shut out.

    Yes I know we will get a kid from time to time ., but I'm talking about going in these areas and controlling it. I realize that it has been this way for a while but for being a state school it just does not seem we "own" our state like other schools.

    UGA and Auburn has also come down here and taken some great players..

    Just ain't right.
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    As long as Florida can keep pulling in the top recruits from the Jacksonville-Tampa-Orlando triangle and areas around it than the Gators should be all right. But ever since Zook and Meyer were UF coaches, Florida has also been able to get more south Florida recruits than they have had in the 1990s.

    Muschamp seems to continue to be able to have some success down there in getting players like Vernon Hargreaves, Kelvin Taylor, Dalvin Cook, Emon Lane and others.
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/florida/football/recruiting/recruit-search-results;_ylt=AtASDGJRQ7eVQfqERHiqccVir5B4?has_map=1&sport=football&year=2014&prospectid=&college=Florida&committed=1
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    Let me add that Florida seems to be doing very well in south FL but have not been as successful as in their traditionally strong recuiting areas such as in Jacksonville and Tampa areas. For instance in recent years, the Gators have missed out on getting key offensive/defensive linemen in Jax & Lake City:

    2013
    DT Demarcus Walker (to FSU)
    OT Larry Tunsil (to Ole Miss)

    2012
    OT John Theus (to UGA)

    2011
    DT Tim Jerrigan (to FSU)

    2010
    OT Brent Benedict (to UGA)



    2014 (in Play)
    OT David Sharpe (from Jax)
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    We are doing fine in Tampa Jax and South Florida. Not a ton of players in the panhandle and that is Bama FSU territory.
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    Florida is a pretty big state, so you can't expect a single program to dominate every region. Pensacola, for instance, is much closer to Auburn, Tuscaloosa, LSU, and FSU than they are to us. Most in-state schools dominate recruiting because of proximity, not some mythical prestige of the institution or something along those lines.
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    This is true but I also believe it's a snowball effect in the sense that great recruiting feeds on success on the field and vice versa.
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    yeah but who did we get in Jax last year Fulwood McMillan and Washington.

    Theus brother went to UGA
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    But even at our best, we never did well in the panhandle.
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    Emmit was a pretty good pull, so was Nichols
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    Are you saying two players disproves his statement?
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    Nichols? Regardless, that is two. How many kids did we get out of the panhandle under Spurrier and Meyer?
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    So are you suggesting we abandon that region?
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    How in the hell do you get that from his posts?
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    No. I am suggesting we largely abandoned that region years ago, with but a few exceptions. Hence, we had two national title winning coaches who scarcely recruited there. Heck, we brought in Wuerffel's prep coach and even that didn't open up any real doors.
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    Nice to meet you too...made it sound like their was way too much work involved when weighed against the rewards received.
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    Case by case basis I'm sure. Time and recruiting budgets are finite resources though.
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    Danny Wuerffel-Ft Walton Beach

    Neal Anderson-Niceville
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    Wow, no one mentioned Purifoy?

    Anyway, there's not a ton of D1 talent here, and when there is we get a fair share and have through the years. Most do go to Bama and FSU, but no one dominates the area.
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    Purifoys cousin picked fsu. This must be true !
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    I was joking around, but emmitt was worth a few years of effort, so was Danny

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