National Recruiting Effort by Gators?

The Florida Gators brought in the top ranked class in the country in 2010, 28 players in all representing eight different states when the ink was dry on National Signing Day.

The headliners are easy to spot, Ronald Powell and Joshua Shaw from California, Mack Brown from Georgia, Shariff Floyd from Pennsylvania and Dominique Easley from New York. All in all the Gators brought in 12 out-of-state players.

However, it was the 16 in-state players the Gators inked that make up the backbone of the 2010 recruiting class. Players like Chris Dunkley, Chaz Green, Lynden Trail, Jaylen Watkins, Ian Silberman, Trey Burton, Matt Elam, Gerald Christian, Leon Orr, Robert Clark, Darrin Kitchens and Mike McFarland give the class the foundation in which the staff can go out and actively recruit other states.

Each recruiting season the theme is simple, take care of your own backyard. Fast forward to this recruiting season as the Gators have landed four of the top players in the country (three in state and one out of state) with Jeff Driskel, Pop Saunders, AC Leonard and Jeoffrey Pagan. The Gators have landed arguable the top quarterback in America who happens to play his high school football in Florida. Leonard, also from Florida is one of the top playmaking tight ends in the land and Pop Saunders can do it on both sides of the ball. It's players like this that the staff can count on that allows them time to invade other states like North Carolina defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan.

Florida is in the fold for some of the top players within the state of Florida for the 2011 class with players such as defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, Mr. Everything James Wilder, linebackers Ryan Shazier and Kent Turene and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to name a few. The Gators will continue to pursue the nation's top talent regardless of location with players like wide receiver George Farmer (CA), linebacker Stephone Anthony (NC), linebacker Curtis Grant (VA) and defensive back Damian Swann (GA).

Regardless of how often the staff ventures outside the state you can always expect in upwards of 60 percent of recruits in any given class to come from the state of Florida. The University of Florida recruits on a national level as well as any team in the country but make no mistake about the importance of recruiting efforts within the state.

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