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Spring Evaluation Period: Florida Coaches Area Breakdown III


* Coaches Area Breakdown Part II

* Coaches Area Breakdown Part I

* Florida takes the lead for four-star back

* Gators in good shape for top 2019 defensive end

* Florida offers Peach State defensive tackle while on visit

* Alley: South Carolina commit talks Florida Saturday visit

* Florida adds big time back to commitment list



It's tax season, which means that across the nation most people look upon April 15 with disdain. That is except for those who are involved or follow recruiting as either as a coach, prospect or recruitnik. For that select group the date is looked at as the kickoff to the six week spring evaluation period.

Up until several cycles ago a program selected which four of the six weeks they were designating for their staff to be on the road.

Now, a program can be out for all six weeks. You have a grand total of 168 evaluation days to use as you see fit. One evaluation day consists of one coach being out on the road. Regardless of whether he visits one or 21 schools that day – it still counts as one evaluation day.

Coaches are limited to two visits per prospect - one to watch him in an athletic setting and one to check up on his academics. Spring is a time to evaluate, by rule, there's no recruiting.

Coaches are able to watch a player practice, talk to his coach and school employees, but in person contact with a prospect has to be limited to basically a hi and bye.

High schools in the Sunshine State don't begin spring ball for another 10 days at the earliest.

Of course there have been some assignments rearranged with the addition of three new assistant coaches.

One thing to pay close attention to is that outside of the state of Florida - there are only four other states/areas that have an assigned coach - Georgia, southern Alabama, New Orleans and Houston, in all other states coaches will recruit by position.

Today Inside the Gators takes an in-depth look at the coaching staff's primary recruiting responsibilities in this three part feature.


INSTATE: The south Atlantic coast of Florida from Palm Beach County down through Broward and Dade. The most talent rich area not just in the state, but in the nation. After an incredible 2017 cycle in the region, the Gators upped the ante by hiring one of the area's favorite sons in Seider. He has already started making an impact and it isn't expected to let up anytime soon.

OUT-OF-STATE: Atlanta.



INSTATE: This is an interesting set-up this cycle, but practical if you think about it. Skipper will remain the lead recruiter in the Jacksonville area for the third straight year. He is also picking up the Panhandle. No, not all of North Florida from Jacksonville out through the Panhandle, just those two areas. That may seem strange, but when you look at his two primary out-of-state areas, it makes much more sense.

OUT-OF-STATE: South Alabama (Mobile) and South Louisiana (New Orleans)



INSTATE: Interesting that even with his added duties of being the defensive coordinator and Florida adding two top notch recruiters in Bell and Seider who are already entrenched in the area, Shannon is also remaining assigned to Broward and Dade Counties. Has Florida had three coaches assigned to the southern part of the state in a single cycle before? That just goes to show how much UF is investing in the area.

OUT-OF-STATE: Will recruit defensive prospects



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