“The competition in Florida is fierce.”

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.


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5 responses to ““The competition in Florida is fierce.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I remember that riff. Tommy defiled the Taliban by comparing them to Corch.
    Along similar lines, remember Howard Schnellenberger’s thing back in the 80’s, creating “The State of Miami” south of Lake Okeechobee.


  2. rchris

    “The Hurricanes … are useful.” I’ve said this all along. They suck talent away from Florida more than they do that to us, therefore they help us. FSU, on the other hand, gets more talent out of south Georgia than we would like, so they hurt us. We’ve already scheduled our quota of P5 teams out through the apocalypse, so the chance of a home and home with the Hurricanes before western civilization collapses is kind of remote, but maybe we could squeeze in a neutral site opener with them before then. How about in Jacksonville?


  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Thank God that FU doesn’t have an effective or enthusiastic recruiter as their head coach.

    We would really be in some trouble. 😂🤣😂


  4. Comin' Down The Track

    (and I do) 😁
    [B]revity is the soul of wit…