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Marco Wilson commitment shows Florida Gators' in-state recruiting push is working



After the Florida Gators announced their first full recruiting crop under the new coaching regime, coach Jim McElwain was honest in his assessment of how UF recruited the state.

"We've still got a long ways to go..." McElwain said on signing day. "That's something we still need to get better at. We'll keep working it."

The next signing day is six months away, but the Gators appear to be making strides in locking up some of Florida's rich in-state talent.

UF picked up a non-binding, oral commitment Monday night from Marco Wilson, a four-star defensive back and 247Sports' No. 214 player in the country. His older brother, Quincy, is a key contributor in the Gators' secondary.

Wilson plays for Plantation American Heritage and represents an important step in UF's goal of mining in-state talent. Of the top 50 players in the state (using 247Sports' composite rankings), six have now committed to UF. That's one more than Miami and one less than Florida State.

The Gators still have strides to make. Of those six top-50 commits, none are inside the top 25; the Seminoles have five. Wilson's commitment boosted UF to No. 15 the composite rankings, but that's still eighth in the SEC and behind UM and FSU.

But Wilson's announcement suggests that the work of McElwain's staff seems to be paying off.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:01am]


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