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Will the Florida-FSU game have an affect on recruiting?

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How much does next year’s Florida-FSU game depend on this year’s?

How much does the year after?

In other words, might Saturday’s result sway upcoming recruits for several seasons?

We know that the schools often recruit the same players. We know that high school athletes are among the most fickle creatures on the planet. And we know that everyone loves a front-runner.

This season, both FSU and Florida are having great recruiting seasons. According to, FSU currently ranks third and Florida 10th in the entire nation. has FSU fourth and Florida 11th.

Could Saturday’s game influence another player or two who has not committed? Or might it change the mind of someone who has?

Either way, winning couldn’t hurt between Jim McElwain’s 10th-ranked Gators or Jimbo Fisher’s 14th-ranked Seminoles.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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