SIX BITS: Tebow aims high, SEC reigns supreme

By Adam Silverstein
December 4, 2009

1 » Steve Wieberg of USA Today wrote a terrific article about Florida Gators senior quarterback Tim Tebow that printed Friday. “Already a Florida legend, Gators’ Tebow is aiming higher,” focuses on Tebow’s ability to make selflessness cool, his fire and devotion and potential prospects on the next level in the National Football League. “Football. Athleticism. Leadership. Charity Work. His faith. You name it. I’ve never seen anybody who had all that in one package,” said former Georgia Bulldogs head coach Vince Dooley. “That’s what puts him in a class by himself.”

2 » Saturday is going to be filled with plenty of college football action. Conference championships, rivalry games and career-defining moments will be aplenty, but the day truly belongs to the Southeastern Conference and its championship game. Tommy Hicks of the Mobile Press-Register contends that “it’s the SEC’s world, and all the other leagues and teams are just playing in it.”

3 » Just because four-star running back recruit Mack Brown (Lithonia, GA) committed to the Gators does not mean teams have stopped pursuing him. At the top of that list is the Tennessee Volunteers and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, who visited Brown and tried to persuade him to switch. “He said they would play me as a freshman and that in their offense, the back gets the ball more than the backs in a spread offense. He said in the spread, I’ll be sharing carries with receivers and three or four running backs.” Florida immediately called and spoke to Brown’s father. “I’m committed to Florida, I’m not taking any other visits but Florida,” Brown said.

Three more recruiting BITS and an extra BIT after the jump…

4 » Four-star wide receiver recruit Christian Green (Tampa, FL) has narrowed his finalists to Florida, Georgia and Florida State. Scheduled (along with teammate four-star offensive lineman Chaz Green) to visit the Gators for the Seminoles game, the duo pushed back their visit to Dec. 11 on request of UF’s staff.

5 » According to Rivals, five-star 2011 center recruit Rakeem Christmas (Bryn Athyn, PA) has narrowed his list to five schools and near the top of his list is Florida along with Georgetown, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida International. Considering head coach Billy Donovan already has two five-star 2011 commits, getting Christmas would easily put the Gators over the top with the best class in the country.

6 » A Gators banner hanging outside an office in Fort Meyers, FL, has drawn the ire of attorney Bruce Strayhorn, a Crimson Tide fan who looks at it every day across the street from his downtown office. Calling it, mockingly, “an appalling affront to public decency,” Strayhorn actually contacted the city manager about the banner. “That’s what he does in his enormous amount of spare time,” said Florida fan and attorney Sawyer Smith.

Extra Bit » Scoring two top-five finishes at the Class 1A State Championship, swimmer George Dennison (Daytona Beach, FL) earned a Florida scholarship from coach Gregg Troy. “It’s so exciting because that’s where I’ve wanted to go for a long time,” Dennison said. “I can’t wait to get into [the O’Connell Center] pool.”

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