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Florida coach Jim McElwain participates in Gator Walk before the South Carolina game.

Florida Gators extending their recruiting reach beyond the Southeast

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Tuesday.

Gators recruiting nationally

The Gators aren’t just trying to create a recruiting stronghold in the state of Florida anymore. As coach Jim McElwain heads into his third season, he and his staff are taking a national approach to their next recruiting classes — with some of the focus turning to Pennsylvania and California in addition to a slew of Southeastern states.

In other Florida football news:

Alex Faedo signs

The Detroit Tigers signed their first-round draft pick, Florida right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo. However, Faedo will not begin his professional career this season, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Gators in the NFL

Cross country news

Paul Spangler — an assistant coach for the Gators track and field team who also oversaw the cross country team — is leaving Florida to take the same position at Boston University. Meanwhile, former Florida cross country runner Eddie Garcia and rising sophomore Jessica Pascoe dominated the annual Independence Day Melon Run 5K in Gainesville on Tuesday.

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What they’re saying on Twitter: 4th of July edition

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