Alabama, Ohio State Tussle over Top Florida Talent

By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Saturday, December 24 – 7:45 AM

Alabama, Ohio State Tussle over Top Florida Talent: The battle between Alabama and Ohio State for the top recruiting class in the country is shaping up as turf war over the state of Florida. Since Urban Meyer came to Ohio State from 2012-2016, the state of Florida has been the biggest out-of-state talent pipeline for Buckeye recruiting, accounting for 11 commitments (while Georgia, Illinois, and New Jersey trail behind with five commitments a piece). Ohio State’s 2017 Sunshine State haul includes four pledges — tied with the state of Ohio as the most pledges from any single state in the class — including two of Ohio State’s six five-stars: cornerback Shaun Wade and wide receiver Trevon Grimes.

Alabama’s Nick Saban has also been racking up Florida talent with eight commitments for 2017 — the most of any state in their class — including three of the Tide’s four five-star pledges. Things are just heating up here. Next year’s Sunshine State talent haul is elite — 44 of the nation’s top 300 prospects in 2018 call Florida home. Read my latest on Urban Meyer and Nick Saban’s recruiting fight for Florida.

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