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Cinco de Mayo means serious business for Florida Gators football coaching staff

GAINESVILLE -- Well, we're back in Hogtown after a nice weekend in Pensacola (my younger brother's wedding). One thing I noticed about the Sunshine State's western-most outpost: There aren't many Gators fans out that way.

Out west, all the talk this weekend was about Auburn's assistant football coaches riding around Mobile in a stretch limousine. Why is this news? My opinion: After forcing coach Tommy Tuberville to resign, Auburn football might as well be riding around in a hearse. Silly rednecks.

OK, enough jokes. Today is Cinco de Mayo and that means it's time for serious business in the state of Florida. The Gators' coaching staff is fanned out across the state this week evaluating talent during the Florida High School Athletic Association's first week of football spring practice. The first stop for UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong was ...

... St. Lucie County, which is home to linebacker Jeff Luc of Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast High.

Luc (6-1, 230 pounds) is a top priority for the Gators' coaching staff. Of course, you can check out all the Gators' top priorities for the class of 2010 right here. CLICK ME! The Gators already have one commitment at the linebacker position (Gideon Ajagbe of Coconut Grove Miami Ransom Everglades) and the addition of Luc would add more depth to what is shaping up to be a formidable group of talented young UF linebackers.

South Florida high schools can expect visits this week from UF cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford and UF receivers coach Billy Gonzales. Bedford will be in Miami-Dade County and will likely set up shop at Miami Northwestern and Miami Booker T. Washington. Gonzales will be visiting Miramar High, Pahokee High, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas, among others.

-jo-

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