While the talk in recruiting circles often focuses on whether Mark Richt can fend off other schools trying to poach native talent in Georgia, Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald has an interesting look at how Richt is getting more commitments from Florida.
Of the eight players who’ve given UGA verbal commitments for the 2010 class, half are from the Sunshine State: linebacker Demetre Baker of Orange Park, offensive tackle Brent Benedict of Jacksonville, and safety Marc Deas and defensive end/outside linebacker B.J. Butler of Kissimmee.
Weiszer points out that’s already more players from Florida than Georgia signed in any of the past three classes, and it’s only June. The Dogs got Aaron Murray, Rantavious Wooten and Orson Charles in 2009, and Carlton Thomas, Blair Walsh and Jeremy Longo in 2008. UGA didn’t sign any Floridians in 2007.
Richt says he’s always gone after Florida players but “I do think more and more Florida kids are interested in Georgia than in the past, and