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Meyer makes final pitch to recruits

GAINESVILLE -- Across the country, college football coaches are delivering their closing arguments this week to the remaining high school football prospects not yet committed. In other words, millionaire coaches are spending thousands of university dollars (or UAA dollars) to fly all over the South in an attempt to further confuse teenagers.

--On Monday, Urban Meyer and running backs coach Kenny Carter visited Escambia running back Trent Richardson. Richardson, committed to Alabama, is considered one of the best running back prospects in the nation. While UF has plenty of running backs, the thought here is that, well, UF needs more running backs.

--Last week, Meyer flew to Maryland for an in-home visit with linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Keep an eye on this kid. Coaches refer to him as a natural-born leader. Coming to Florida Field next season, a defense that features three players with the Jenkins surname: Jelani, Janoris and Moses.

--Speaking of surnames, if UF signs Columbus, Ga., linebacker Jarvis Jones, then UF will have four players with that family name. The others are A.J., Bryan and John.

--For the fourth consecutive year, it appears Florida coach Urban Meyer isn't going to sign any players from Miami-Dade County. If that wasn't upsetting enough for South Florida Gators fans, there is a chance UF's five-year streak of signing at least one player from Broward County could also end. UF currently does not have any commitments from Broward County. Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach could keep the streak alive, however, if he chooses UF over Michigan. Robinson played quarterback for the Bucks but would likely play receiver or cornerback if he signed with UF.

--UF only has 16 commitments, is anyone a bit worried about this? By comparison, Tennessee already has 19 commitments. Tennessee, by the way, finished the 2008 season 5-7. Around the SEC East, Vanderbilt has 17 commitments, South Carolina has 26 commitments, Georgia has 17 commitments and Kentucky has 26 commitments.

--Don't look now but Louisiana State (21 commitments) might end up with the SEC's best recruiting class of 2009. The Tigers are loaded down with future stars, including quarterback Russell Shepard of Houston and safety Craig Loston of Aldine, Texas. Homegrown superstars include defensive back Janzen Jackson and defensive tackle Chris Davenport, a 6-4, 318-pound monster.

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