Craig Stephens

Florida Steals Recruit From FSU

Created on Jun. 24, 2013 2:13 PM EST

Rivalries aren't contained to the field; they are just as heated on the recruiting trail. Will Muschamp vs. Jimbo Fisher is an interesting battle on the gridiron, but may be more important in recruits' living rooms across the country.

The latest Gators victory came in the form of a four-star cornerback. JC Jackson flipped his commitment from FSU to UF after having been committed to FSU for more than a year. That's a punch to the gut for FSU fans.

Jackson committed to FSU more than a year ago, but insiders predicted his faith was wavering. UF pushed hard for Jackson, pitching him as a defensive back rather than a wide receiver. The reasons for his preference of playing defense over offense at UF are unknown but he was quoted as saying that previous Gators safety Matt Elam's first-round selection in the NFL Draft was a positive selling point for the Gators. It is possible that Jackson wanted to play defensive back because that unit is coached directly by Muschamp.

Jackson is the Gators' 12th commitment of the 2014 class. It is shaping up to be one of the best in the country, especially on defense. It is obvious that Muschamp has focused on bolstering the secondary in recruiting. The 2013 class was headlined by a cornerback, Vernon Hargreaves III, and the 2014 class has already added two more.

UF's victory over FSU last season is probably the biggest factor in Jackson's change of heart. Recruiting in Florida swings between UF, FSU, and UM. The team with the most recent success often pulls in the state's top talent. Muschamp only has to ride this wave of success, and if he keeps winning on the field, he will keep winning in the living rooms.

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