SEC title could sway prospects


Don’t think that just because Florida will be in Atlanta this weekend for the SEC Championship that the Gators aren’t thinking about the recruiting game.

This game pits two of the best recruiters in the country against each other in Meyer and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Rumor has it that Alabama commit running back Trent Richardson could be on hand. He might be committed to the Tide right now, but you can bet that Meyer and his staff are pushing hard to get one of the most powerful runners in the state. Even if he or really any recruits don’t show up, this game will be on national television with national title implications on the line. The winner not only gets into the national championship, but could take a huge chunk of momentum into the heart of official visiting time. Everyone will be watching this one.

And don’t think these two teams don’t know that. Both are still vying for a few of the top prospects in the country.

Each is pushing hard for Gadsden, Ala., defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick. He’s arguably one of the best defensive backs in the country and he’s been to both campuses this year. The consensus is that it’s going to be hard to lure him out of the state, but you never know.

Sanford’s Andre Debose hasn’t talked about Alabama, so it will be up to UF to impress him by showing off its offense, with or without displaying Percy Harvin – the player many have compared Debose to this year. A good showing by UF’s athletes could be the last thing to push Debose away from LSU and back into UF’s arms.

This game has the chance to bring in other recruits that haven’t mentioned either team much. There are always instances where prospects watch schools late in the season and start to jump on their bandwagon. The winner of this game gets a shot at the national title and some of the top talent still left out there.