Like many of the great rivalries in college football, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs animosity extends off the football field and into the arena of recruiting.
Both of these programs are constantly in the running for some of their regions biggest recruits—Derek Tyson and Kipp Adams of ESPN.com put together a great piece on the biggest recruits that both programs have "stolen" from the other in years past—and this year is no different.
Their clash on the field this season will be gigantic from a football standpoint—Florida is 7-0, 6-0 in the SEC and on top of the SEC East, while Georgia is 6-1 and No. 2 in the SEC East—but it will also be an integral game from a recruiting standpoint.
If Florida is able to beat the Bulldogs, they will essentially be solidifying themselves as legitimate contenders for the National Championship, if they haven't already. Georgia on the other-hand can all but erase the memory of their one loss to South Carolina earlier this year, and a win would go a long ways towards getting them to the SEC championship game and even more.
Not only will this game determine the look of the SEC East, but by the conferences very nature, it may just determine what the National Championship picture looks like when all is said and done.
This is simply a monumental game on and off the field.
From a current recruiting standpoint, the biggest name that could be at stake here is undoubtedly 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who has both Georgia and Florida as his favorites.
Tunsil is from Lake City, Florida so by proximity alone the Gators have an advantage. Imagine how huge it would be for Georgia to come in and wreck Florida's current undefeated season though. That could go a long ways in convincing the 6'6'', 295 pound offensive tackle that Athens, Georgia is really where he should play.
On the other-hand, a win by Florida could end up giving the Gators the final edge, which would make Will Muschamp's 2013 class extremely formidable.
Tunsil is a "franchise" left tackle, and he's going to be a staple on the offensive line for whichever program can bring him in. How much better would each of these programs be with a guy like Tunsil on their squad?
Other recruits that have interest in one school or the other could be impacted by the outcome of this game as well.
According to 247Sports, big-time players like 4-star safety Marcell Harris and 4-star guard David Dawson have Florida high on their interests lists, while Georgia still has a shot at 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
This is the kind of game that can swing the momentum of a program, and that's because it can sway elite prospects like Tunsil, Harris, Dawson or Adams one way or the other. Not only does the winning program get a huge boost with recruits within the region—and in the case of these schools, nationally—but the loser takes a huge hit to their credibility. Part of being a winning program is beating your rivals. You're just expected to do it, and if you can't, it looks really bad to potential recruits.
Nobody wants to be on the losing end of a rivalry game...
Depending on the outcome of this game, the landscape of college football recruiting for 2013 will look drastically different. Big names like Tunsil could be swayed or have their minds made up to attend either Georgia or Florida based on the outcome, and that in itself will make a huge impact on the 2013 class.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!