Florida parts ways with 2013 LB James Hearns

By Adam Silverstein
January 24, 2013

Long-time 2013 linebacker commitment James Hearns (Tallahassee, FL) and the Florida Gators officially parted ways on Thursday.

According to InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman, Hearns and Florida decided an amicable split would be best for both parties as the player’s grades and ability to eventually qualify for admission were a continued concern for the school.

Hearns, who originally committed to the Gators on Feb. 2, 2012 as the team’s fourth 2013 pledge, is a unanimous four-star prospect who Rivals ranks as the 197th-best player in the nation.

At the time of his Florida pledge, Hearns boasted an impressive offer list that included teams like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU. Due to academic concerns, his list of potential destinations will be much more limited this time around.

Though losing a player of Hearns’s talent is not a positive for any recruiting class, the Gators have four other linebackers already committed for 2013 including five-star Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, PA), four-star Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, FL), four-star Matt Rolin (Ashburn, VA) and three-star Jarrad Davis (Kingsland, GA).

Landing Anzalone as an early enrollee came as a surprise for Florida, meaning Herans’s departure is even less impactful in the long run. The Gators are also still involved in the recruitment of four-star Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, FL), who is set to decide on National Signing Day between UF or USC.


  1. Walt P says:

    Well wish the kid luck.Hope this doesn’t start others to decommit.

  2. BKP says:

    Not happy to see this news as I was looking forward to Hearns compete for PT at MLB. he has great size and is highly valued, however I understand the need to qualify academically. Good luck James

  3. Nathaniel says:

    I graduated from Lincoln and UF. This is sad for me. But we still have Andrades though!

  4. matt says:

    I thought the reason Powell dropped orginally from this class was because of grades?

  5. matt says:

    He will get into FSU because he has a pulse…so sad

  6. Drew says:

    Anyone get the bleacher report e-mail today? Thought the headline for the link to this article was pretty funny. “UF: 4-star ditches Florida.” How does one ditch a school he isn’t academically qualified to attend?

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