Bud Elliott’s The Sunshine State Scorecard June update shows not much has changed in the state of Florida over the last month, recruiting-wise.
Only one of the top ten prospects from Florida is committed to an in-state school. Four are committed to programs outside the state.
Clemson has three commitments from four-star recruits, and Alabama has two plus a five-star commit.
But with the help of the 247Sports Crystal Ball and local intel, we can read some tea leaves. Athlete James Williams, the state’s top prospect, is widely expected to pick the Georgia Bulldogs. And feedback from recent Under Armour camps in Orlando and Miami suggest that schools such as Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, LSU, and Oklahoma have a lot of traction with the best of the very best, like Defensive end Dallas Turner. And Alabama seems to be in a good spot for linebacker Xavian Sorey, though Florida is battling. If these predictions hold, it would mean seven of the top 10 players from Florida will be heading out-of-state.
Elliott says the “problem” — the in state schools’ inability to keep talent in state — may not be getting worse, but from an entertainment standpoint for us, it may be getting better: Miami has a shot at landing a better 2021 in state class than Florida’s. Which reminds me…
Miami: From a Bulldog perspective, if you looked at the state of Florida as though it were Afghanistan (and I do), the Gators, obviously, are the Taliban, while Miami is whatever warlord is running things in the Northeast. The Hurricanes don’t occupy anything remotely resembling moral high ground, but they are useful.