Gators, Noles battle for top recruits

UF, FSU go head-to-head on the recruiting trail long before they meet on the field

Updated: November 22, 2011, 10:57 PM ET
By Derek Tyson | GatorNation
On the field, Florida (6-5) and Florida State (7-4) have struggled to sub-par records this season. Off the field, both have done well in recruiting and are on pace to sign top-10 recruiting classes. In the annual rivalry game on Saturday, there will be several players who were torn between the two powerhouse programs. Here is a closer look at how these two arch-rivals have fared in head-to-head recruiting battles over the last five years.

ESPNU class rank: FSU No. 1, Florida No. 12
With Urban Meyer retiring and new Florida head coach Will Muschamp having less than two months to finish his first class, FSU pretty much cleaned up on the big prospects. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, running back James Wilder Jr., and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin were all big-time prospects that Florida had a great chance to sign. But all three chose to be Seminoles. Defensive back Nick Waisome was verbally committed to Florida for months before switching to FSU just before signing day.
Edge: Florida State