Satellite Camps Shouldn't Impact Gators

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Offseason talk has been dominated by satellite camps. Camps do provide good coaching and opportunities for prospects to get better as a player and be seen.

Two of Florida’s prominent satellite camps are in-state, which makes sense because Florida needs to recruit the state better in this cycle. That is what this recruiting cycle is all about for Jim McElwain, and it appears he and his staff are off to a good start, with four of Florida’s five commitments from in-state prospects.

McElwain has addressed publicly the need to recruit better in Florida. Through no fault of his own, he has had to rely on out-of-state relationships to fill immediate needs on his team in his first two classes at UF.

In McElwain’s first recruiting class at Florida, the addition of Randy Shannon as linebacker coach paid off and the Gators landed 14 in-state prospects, including seven from south Florida. In the 2016 class, the Gators signed just 11 in-state prospects.

For Florida, I do think it’s important to get at least 60 percent of your recruits from in-state. I think in-state prospects are more likely to fight through tough situations than out-of-state prospects. I also think hometown support and the proximity of a hometown to campus also helps. There is a transition from high school to college and proximity definitely can ease that transition.

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