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NEW ORLEANS -- If reports about Vance Bedford's unexpected move to Louisville on Thursday are correct, then Bedford's departure for Kentucky's Big East contingent could affect the Gators recruiting efforts in South Florida.
In two short seasons as the Gators' cornerbacks coach, Bedford has made impressive recruiting inroads in Miami-Dade County. The Gators currently have commitments from three high school seniors in Miami-Dade County: Ransom Everglades linebacker Gideon Ajagbe, Booker T. Washington defensive end Lyden Trail and Booker T. Washington receiver Quinton Dunbar. Bedford also had a hand in recruiting cornerback Cody Riggs of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas and cornerback Demar Dorsey of Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson.
On Friday morning, Riggs told The Herald he wasn't aware that Bedford had left Florida for Louisville. Dorsey would only confirm that Bedford had indeed "left" Florida.
On Thursday, Florida Today and The Associated Press reported that Strong had hired Bedford as Louisville's new defensive coordinator. On Friday, a recruiting website reported that Bedford said via text message "Next week I will be in Miami recruiting for the Gators."
Earlier this season, Bedford told The Miami Herald that it took a great deal of effort to earn trust among Miami-Dade's recruits and that his perseverance in Miami-Dade would pay dividends in 2011 and beyond.
In other recruiting news...
Longtime UF commitment Matt Elam of West Palm Beach Dwyer de-committed with the Gators in favor of rival Florida State on Thursday. Elam, a five-star safety, was one of three seniors at Dwyer committed to the Gators. The other players, tight end Gerald Christian and receiver Robert Clark remain committed to Florida.
"I just see better opportunity to come in and play and to have an impact as a freshman," Elam told Warchant.com. "They have two of the best cornerbacks in the country and I just feel like I can go in there and help make that secondary even better. They've got three of the best players in the country and I see a lot of things changing."