Florida Gators 2010 National Signing Day notes

Courtesy of the University of Florida’s University Athletic Association:

» The University of Florida football team had 11 student-athletes enroll in January 2010, the highest number in school history.
» The 2010 signing class includes nine players from the South Florida area (Dade, Palm Beach and Broward Counties). In the previous five signing classes combined (2005-09), UF totaled 11 signees from the same area.
» The Gators continued to be a factor on the national stage, signing 12 players from out of state in 2010. Players in the 2010 class are from Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Georgia (3), Maryland (2), New York and Pennsylvania.
» For the fourth straight year, UF signed a player from the state of California and for the third straight year the Gators signed a player from Alabama. It marked the second-straight year a player from Maryland and Connecticut signed with Florida.
» Of the 12 high school players rated as five-star recruits by ESPN, Florida has signed four. The Gators signed 11 of the top 50 players according to ESPN. Overall, the Gators signed 17 players from the ESPNU 150 list of players.

Check out notes on individual players in the class after the jump…
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OGGOA Report: Four-star OT Green closes it out

As ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive first reported at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, four-star offensive tackle Chaz Green (Tampa, FL) has chosen to play for the Florida Gators.

Green, whose parents both went to the University of Tennessee and was thought to be heading there before head coach Lane Kiffin resigned, was considering joining Kiffin’s USC Trojans and even took an official visit to Pasadena, CA last weekend. He instead decided to remain close to home and play in a family environment.

His commitment marked the third for the Gators Wednesday, coming after three-star linebacker Darrin Kitchens (Homestead, FL) and four-star wide receiver Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, MD) made their declarations earlier. Florida retained all of its prior verbal commitments and will finish with 28 recruits and the nation’s unanimously ranked No. 1 recruiting class.

OGGOA will update this story after the conclusion of National Signing Day.

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Four-star WR Coxson will wear Orange & Blue

Adding to the Florida Gators already stellar and unanimously No. 1-ranked 2010 recruiting class is four-star wide receiver Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, MD), who committed to the team Wednesday.

Coxson, at 6’2″ and 194 lbs., was long believed to have the Gators in the lead for his services after decommitting from the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Florida made it a point to acquire a deep group of talented receivers, and Coxson is its fourth in the 2010 class along with four-stars Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, FL), Solomon Patton (Mobile, AL) and Quinton Dunbar (Miami, FL).

OGGOA will update this story after the conclusion of National Signing Day.

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Five-star LB Jones spurns Gators for ‘Noles

Five-star linebacker Christian Jones (Winter Park, FL) turned away the Florida Gators and decided to commit to the Florida State Seminoles Wednesday afternoon.

A two-generation legacy, Jones’ father and brother both played for head coach Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles. In fact, some believe that Bowdenmet with Jones this past weekend in an attempt to convince him to join FSU’s 2010 recruiting class.

It began apparent that the Gators would lose out on Jones after three-star LB Darrin Kitchens (Homestead, FL) committed earlier in the day.

OGGOA will update this story after the conclusion of National Signing Day.

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Gators pick up commitment from LB Kitchens

With 23 of the Florida Gators 25 verbal commitments either already enrolled at the University of Florida or having sent in their letters of intent (LOIs) by 10 a.m., the Orange and Blue looks was rolling toward a unanimous No. 1-ranking for its 2010 recruiting class. Three-star linebacker Darrin Kitchens (Homestead, FL) helped put the Gators over the top by becoming the team’s 26th commitment.

Kitchens, 6’3″ 215 lbs., led Miami-Dade County with 19 sacks last season. and was strongly considering the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Syracuse Orange. He would be the first of three new commitments that Florida would earn Wednesday.

OGGOA will update this story after the conclusion of National Signing Day.

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OGGOA’s LIVE National Signing Day coverage

Welcome to OGGOA. We will be offering LIVE coverage of the 2010 National Signing Day, all day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. When a letter of intent (LOI) is signed or a new high school player commits to the Florida Gators, we will be there breaking the news.

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TWO BITS: Ronald Powell’s transformation

1 » Headlining the Florida Gators’ 2010 recruiting class is five-star defensive end Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, CA). But if you asked family, teachers and coaches about Powell a few years ago, the last thing they would tell you is that he was capable of reaching such heights. A “lost and angry” young man who was “downright mean, a mess who didn’t seem to love much of anything,” Powell had a tough go of it through his parents divorce but turned his life around with the help of older teammates and Rancho Verde High School head coach Pete Duffy. Matt Winkeljohn, in a special to ESPN covers Powell’s turnaround from troubled youth to unanimously ranked No. 1 prospect.

2 » The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that Florida gymnast Ashanée Dickerson has been named the SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week for the third consecutive time. Dickerson has compiled seven event titles so far in 2010, most on the team and tops by a Gators freshman since 1986. She is tied for third in the nation in the all-around event for season average 939.381) and holds No. 4 rankings in the vault (9.887) and floor (9.894).

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TWO BITS: Meyer to Cowboys? Kitchens’ struggle.

1 » One rumor that was circulating throughout the World Wide Web when Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer initially announced he would step down from his job was that the two-time BCS National Championship-winning coach would be heading to the NFL to replace head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys. The Orlando Sentinel‘s Jeremy Fowler caught up with four-star running back commit Mack Brown (Lithonia, GA), who said that fallacy was perpetrated by rival recruiters. “They would say, he’s tricking ya’ll — he’s going to the NFL to coach the Dallas Cowboys,” Brown said. “I was like ‘What?’ There’s no way. I wasn’t too worried about it anyway, but coach Meyer told me he’s a Gator. He’s coming back.”

2 » Three-star linebacker recruit Darrin Kitchens (Homestead, FL), who is currently uncommitted but deciding between the Gators and Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday morning, has “survived the struggles in Homestead and still achieved [his] dreams,” his head coach Bobby McCray, Sr. (father of the New Orleans Saints defensive end and former Florida player) told The Miami Herald. Kitchens has used his strong work ethic and immense passion to propel him to a 3.0 grade point average and a Miami-Dade County-high 19 sacks his senior season.

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