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Dawgs battle Gators for top recruits

10/28/2011

The annual matchup between Florida and Georgia is known as one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. Two programs from states loaded in gridiron talent, the Bulldogs and Gators also have gone head to head for some of the top prospects in the country. As the much-anticipated game in Jacksonville, Fla., approaches, DawgNation takes a look at five highly coveted prospects for whom Georgia beat out Florida during the Mark Richt era.

WR Fred Gibson
(Waycross, Ga./Ware County)

Gibson emerged as a national recruit after making 63 catches for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. Florida and Georgia emerged as early favorites for the 6-foot-4, 185-pound receiver, with the Gators well out in front. Gibson had always wanted to play for Florida, as it was nearby and Steve Spurrier's pass-happy offense was very appealing to wideouts. But during his official visit to Gainesville, Gibson was turned off when Spurrier tried to force a commitment before he left.