GAINESVILLE -- The Gators landed one of the best recruiting classes in the nation on Wednesday, but for the fourth consecutive year Florida struck out in Miami-Dade, one of the state's and nation's most fertile counties for producing talented football players.
UF also missed on its recruiting target in Broward County, Denard Robinson of Deerfield Beach. Robinson signed with Michigan on Wednesday, snapping a streak that began in 2004 of at least one player from Broward to UF.
On Wednesday, Florida coach Urban Meyer addressed the struggle of pulling players from Miami-Dade County. UF safety Dorian Munroe, who will be a redshirt senior next season, is the last scholarship player from Miami-Dade County to sign with UF.
"It's difficult," Meyer said. "We have to just keep grinding. We haven't had a player from Miami in awhile. Broward County and Palm Beach have obviously been very good to us but Miami -- it has been hard to go in there and get them. We're doing OK where we're at...We need to just keep grinding."
There are a few early signs the trend will end with the 2010 class. Second-year UF assistant Vance Bedford, the Gators' cornerbacks coach, is making new inroads in Miami-Dade and is hopefully his relationships with Miami-Dade coaches will lead to commitments as early as next season.