February 8, 2007

Recap of Florida's first Junior Day

The success the University of Florida has enjoyed along the recruiting trail over the last two years can be more directly contributed to the amount of effort put into the process by the coaching staff rather than the record Florida has amassed on the field. Sure a 22-4 record and National Championship certainly doesn't hurt. However, playing an even bigger role is the relentless approach shown by Urban Meyer and staff in their pursuit of the top 1% of 1%.

Before it went mainstream, the Gators were at the forefront of the text messaging revolution, now everyone is doing it as though it's second nature. And for the last two years Florida has held perhaps the premiere one day recruiting event in the South, if not the nation, with their Friday Night Lights Camp.

Last year's version was attended by over 25 four-star or higher rated prospects including five-star players such as Terrance Toliver, Torrey Davis and Cameron Newton.

Prospects don't show up for camps like that by accident, the staff has to work it to show them how special the event really is and how important it is to take part.

And now, before Signing Day 2007 even took place, they were already hot on the trail of next year's top stars. Last Saturday, Florida held its first Junior Day for the class of 2008.

Between forty and fifty top prospects showed up for a chance to meet the coaches, talk to the players, tour the facilities and much more.

One of the top kids in attendance was Rivals100 pre evaluation member, Davenport (Fla.) Ridge linebacker Vincent Williams.

GatorBait.net spoke with his father, Mark Nugent, for an in-depth look at what took place on the day.

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