Florida Gators Football: 10 Local Athletes Who Got Away

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Florida Gators Football: 10 Local Athletes Who Got Away
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Former Gator coach Urban Meyer said he wanted to make sure he signed the Gainesville area's top prospects as often as possible.

A few summers ago before speaking to a Gator Club in Jacksonville, then-coach Urban Meyer told a small throng of media one of the worst nightmares that could happen to his program was to have a standout local athlete sign somewhere else and then come back to beat the Gators.

During his time at Florida, Meyer grew to understand just how meaningful it was for a kid who grew up either in or near Gainesville to play for U of F.

Two examples he likes to give are former cornerback Vernell Brown (Gainesville High School) and former tight end Cornelius Ingram (Hawthorne High School - 15 minutes outside of Gainesville), each of whom Meyer referred to at one time or another as "The Face of Florida Football."

But just like it appears will be the case with The Villages' outside linebacker Noor Davis, a 6'4", 225-pound specimen who committed to Stanford over UF, Alabama, Notre Dame and USC last week, the Gators don't always get the local kid.

Here's a look at 10 who got away through the years, using the coverage zones of The Gainesville Sun and The Ocala Star-Banner to define "local" in these cases.

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