Florida flips Louisville OL commit Harkless

By Adam Silverstein
January 5, 2014

A Louisville Cardinals commitment since April 16, 2013, three-star offensive tackle Kavaris Harkless (Jacksonville, FL) has decided to flip allegiances and will instead join the Florida Gators as an early enrollee.

According to InsidetheGators.com recruiting analyst Blake Alderman, who cited one of the prospect’s coaches at Trinity Christian High School, Harkless will enroll in classes on Monday and join Florida for spring practice.

The Gators first offered Harkless, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, in December and immediately became the highest-profile team to do so. Though Harkless was 100 percent committed to the Cardinals, he began considering his options at that time and has now made the switch just one day after Louisville head coach Charlie Strong decided to leave the program for Texas.

Recruited by head coach Will Muschamp and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, Harkless (6-foot-5, 269 pounds) is an important commitment for Florida, which needs to add quality depth along the offensive line.

He is the Gators’ 20th commitment this recruiting cycle and second in the last four days.

Harkless will join Florida along with six other early enrollees including four-star quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, NC), four-star cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City, FL), four-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, KS), four-star OL Nolan Kelleher (Mount Pleasant, SC), three-star DE Taven Bryan (Casper, WY) and three-star JUCO OL Drew Sarvary (Tallahassee, FL).


  1. WJP2 says:

    Now that’s a GO for the Gators. Really hope Coach can turn it around this season. Go Gators. Let’s stay Healthy.

  2. Champ supporter says:

    Adam, isn’t Willis an early enrollee also?

  3. 386 Gator Fan says:

    Great info Adam. Thanks for the Willis information. Hope we can keep him in the fold. Kudos to T-Rob, he is bringing in talent year in year out. Can’t wait to get Isaiah McKenzie and Jones on campus. We need those playmakers, Hopefully the Scott kid from NC gets on campus as well. Go Gators!

  4. SW FL Joe says:

    269 for an OT ain’t gonna make it. First stop once on campus will be to see Dillman. Welcome aboard smartest decision you’ll make. Now we need to start flipping Miami recruits

  5. Gatoralum88 says:

    Wow! He’s not even rated among ESPN’s top 300. I’m surprised Strong even offered him a scholarship. I doubt he’ll play next season coming in at 269. What a change from the Meyer, Zook, Spurrier eras. Musjoke is taking recruiting to new lows.

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