Gators get their running back: Adarius Lemons flips to Florida

By Adam Silverstein
July 24, 2016
Gators get their running back: Adarius Lemons flips to Florida

Image Credit: Dogulas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times

The Class of 2017 being built by Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was missing an important piece, a top-flight running back. Just two days after the program’s Friday Night Lights summer camp, that hole has been filled as four-star Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, FL) flipped his pledge and decided to continue his career with the Gators.

Lemons (6-foot-1, 195 pounds), the 139th ranked prospect in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, committed to North Carolina back on March 24 and visited the program again last month. But a couple days at Florida turned a tart FNL into a sweet one as he decided to go ahead and make a change in his commitment status.

“Yes I flipped please don’t hate me but at end of day the grind don’t stop I appreciate all the schools recruiting me but I’m 727 made mann!!” Lemons wrote on Twitter.

The top rusher in the state of Florida, Lemons has rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns over the last two seasons at Clearwater High School. He’s the eighth-ranked running back in the Class of 2017 and becomes the Gators’ second-highest rated pledge.

Florida fans were hot after Lemons following FNL, tweeting the hashtag #Lemons2TheSwamp, which was trending locally on Sunday. The Gators’ coaches reacted to the news accordingly on Twitter as running backs coach Tim Skipper and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier were Lemons’s primary recruiters.

Lemons is the 12th member of Florida’s 2017 class, ninth in-state pledge and sixth on the offensive side of the ball. The Gators are now ranked No. 17 overall by 247Sports behind rivals and SEC foes Ohio State (1), Alabama (2), Georgia (3), LSU (5), Texas A&M (8), Florida State (9), Tennessee (10), Miami (11) and Mississippi State (13).

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  1. Avatar South Bleachers says:

    What a cool running style he has. I know, I know, it’s high school. But it’s still fun to break down their running style.

    He displays a nice combination of size, speed, and shiftiness. He really likes to run sideways because he’s very good at direction changes. That skill allows him to gain the edge very effectively. Not sure how that translates to SEC football but he does it well regardless. His speed is interesting as he doesn’t hit full speed quickly. But when he does get to open up the gear box, lookout. He has a tremendous top speed once he gets open field.

  2. Avatar 305Gator says:

    So after nabbing Lemons we are ranked #17. As if that means anything at this juncture, get back to me next February as NSD approaches and let me know where we are ranked then. That is the only recruiting ranking that matters not 6 or 8 months before the fact.