High Noon: Florida and Texas Football Locked in Recruiting Death Match

Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IJanuary 29, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 8: A detail view of a cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns taken during the game against the Baylor Bears on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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It's Marshall Will Kane versus the outlaw Frank Morgan at High Noon.  

It's a high stakes poker match.

It's crunch time as National Signing Day draws closer.

And it's officially nail-biting time.

Imagine the cell phone logs of Florida head coach Urban Meyer and Texas coach Mack Brown right about now.

Man, this stuff is getting hot and heavy.

It is Florida versus Texas in a big-time, big-stakes battle for the future of their top-tier football programs.

With today's announcement that highly recruited DE Jackson Jeffcoat and LB Jordan Hicks have both committed to Texas, the Longhorns are literally nipping at Florida's swaggering tail in an attempt to pull off a late stage surge that would propel them to the top of this year's recruiting classes.

For most of college football's "second season," i.e., the recruiting season, Florida's class has been widely regarded as Best In Show.

Mack Brown and Company are doing their best to change all of that.

My guess is that Meyer and the other Gator staff members are furiously trying to sell the remaining recruits on the idea that they can make history—that it may one day read that the 2010 Florida recruiting class was the greatest in college football history.

It's being reported that the Gator staff is employing the services of their already committed recruits to contact the remaining players yet to commit in an attempt to sway them Florida's way.

Keep the following five names in mind over the next couple of days.

1. OT Seantrel Henderson (St. Paul, MN)

2. LB Christian Jones (Winter Park, FL)

3. OT Chaz Green (Tampa, FL)

4. LB Darrin Kitchens (Homestead, FL)

5. WR Ivan McCartney (Miramar, FL)

Where these players end up may re-write college football's recruiting history books:

.....National Signing Day is Wednesday February 3, 2010