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10 Top Instate Targets

Each year, Inside the Gators kicks off the next year's recruiting cycle by taking a look at 10 top Florida targets both in and out of the state of Florida.

Now that the Class of 2017 is in the books, the Florida coaching staff is turning its attention toward next year's recruiting cycle by hosting yet another Junior Day this coming weekend.

After a down cycle in 2016 in-state, Florida rebounded this past year by signing 11 of the 44 prospects in the Sunshine State.

With that in mind, it's time to look at ten top in-state prospects who will most likely be some of Florida's most prominent targets in 2018.

Note: The below list is the opinion of ITG and not the coaching staff of the University of Florida. The prospects are listed alphabetically and are not the top 10 targets, but rather 10 targets worth keeping an eye on from in-state.


* Running list of visitors for Saturday's Junior Day

* Anonymous Player Parting Thoughts - Part I

* Take Five: Final look at 2017 recruiting cycle


* Q&A: West Virginia beat writer shares insight about Seider

* Roundtable: North Texas, ECU beat writers answer questions about Davis

* A closer look at Florida’s 2017 squad a week after National Signing Day

* Recruiting Roundtable: Class Roundup

* Redshirt Report: Quincy Lenton

* Redshirt Report: Rick Wells



The Skinny: The SEC is a line of scrimmage league and you can bet that once again it is a spot Florida will continue to focus on in 2018. Luckily for the Gators, the state of Florida is loaded with talented lineman this cycle, and Barnes is one of the best and just happens to be high on Florida. The Gators are in a good spot here early on, but Auburn and North Carolina are also in play as well.

The Skinny: The Gators and Buckeyes are the top two teams for this four-star athlete. Burney has visited Gainesville multiple times in the past, and has started to bond with numerous coaches on the staff. He has the option to play either side of the ball at UF. Burney is looking to make his commitment early on July 1st, which is his grandfather’s birthday.

The Skinny: Copeland is one of the many talented wide receivers in the state of Florida for 2018. The Gators were one of the first schools to offer the four-star pass catcher, and have gotten him on campus more than any other school that has offered. He’s talked up Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Miami early on but isn’t looking to make a commitment until the Under Armour All-American game next year.


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