Florida Gators 2014 National Signing Day bios

By Adam Silverstein
February 5, 2014

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


Taven Bryan • Defensive lineman
6’5″ • 257 • Casper, WY
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Unanimously selected as the 2013 Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Named to the All-State First Team on both the defensive line and the offensive line and to the All-Conference First Team on the offensive line as a high school senior…Honored with the 2013 Natrona County Iron Man award…Helped lead Natrona County to a 41-6 record in his final three seasons, including back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013…Chose Florida over Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State and Wyoming…Coached by Steve Harshman.

Duke Dawson • Cornerback
5’10” • 191 • Cross City, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named to the Florida Class 1A First-Team All-State defense…Helped Dixie County to a 10-1 record during his senior season…Nominated to play in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl…Finished his high school career with 122 total tackles, 99 solo, and seven interceptions…Made 43 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Florida State, Iowa and Wisconsin.

DeAndre Goolsby • Tight end
6’4″ • 221 • Derby, KS
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named offensive co-captain of the 2013 Kansas All-State team…Big-size tight end who helped lead Derby to a 2013 state championship…Totaled 621 receiving yards his senior year…Proved to be a threat on kick return…Caught 42 passes for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign…Chose Gators over Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arkansas and Kansas State…Coached by Brandon Clark.

Will Grier • Quarterback
6’2″ • 183 • Davidson, NC
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named the Parade National Player of the Year, Maxwell Player of the Year and Tom Lemming Offensive Player of the Year…Named Mr. Football USA as the nation’s top high school player, as selected by a five-member panel of StudentSports.com football experts…247 Sports First Team All-American and MaxPreps First Team All-American…Was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection…Threw for 109 yards on 4-of-8 passing in the Army Bowl, including a 51-yard pass that resulted in the longest play of the game…Completed 32-of-42 passes for a season-high 599 passing yards and seven touchdowns en route to an NCISAA Division II state title over Harrells Christian Academy…Totaled 4,989 yards with a national-best 77 touchdowns in his senior year…Rushed for 1,251 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2013…In his career, he totaled 14,565 yards and a state-record 195 touchdown passes…His 14,565 passing yards are second in North Carolina state history behind former UF quarterback Chris Leak…Also had 2,955 career rushing yards and 31 rushing scores…Was the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…Set a national record for single-game passing yardage as a junior in 2012 with a 837-yard, 10-touchdown performance against Harrells Christian in the playoffs…Chose Florida over Arkansas, Auburn, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest…Coached by father and former East Carolina standout quarterback, Chad Grier.

Kavaris Harkless • Offensive lineman
6’5″ • 266 • Jacksonville, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named to the 2013 Class 3A First Team Offense … High school teammate of current Gator Nick Washington … Helped Trinity Christian to the 2013 FHSAA Class 3A State Championship and a 12-1 season … Defeated Clearwater Christian by a score of 34-7 in the state title game … Helped block for teammate and Class 3A Player of the Year wide receiver Isaiah Ford … Coached by Verlon Dorminey.

Nolan Kelleher • Offensive lineman
6’5″ • 316 • Mount Pleasant, SC
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Competed in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl for the East team … One of three Gator enrollees that projects to play on the offensive line … Named to the 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA South Carolina Football Team … Four year starter in high school … Helped Wando to their first 10 win season in school history his junior season … Led his team to the first round of the Class 4A Division playoffs his junior and senior season … Coached by Jimmy Noonan.

Brandon Powell • Running back
5’8″ • 167 • Deerfield Beach, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named First Team Class 8A All-State as a senior…The Broward County 8A-7A-6A Player of the Year in 2013…Rushed for 1,339 yards on 141 carries as a senior with 20 touchdowns…Also had 21 catches for 289 yards and two scores and 452 return yards and a touchdown on special teams…Also had three interceptions playing defense…Rushed for 133 yards and two scores on 17 carries to lead Deerfield Beach to its first win in six years over St. Thomas Aquinas…Totaled 1,180 rushing yards with 13 touchdowns as a junior…Coached by Allen Jackson at Deerfield Beach.

Drew Sarvary • Offensive lineman
6’5″ • 309 • Tallahassee, FL (JUCO)
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Spent one season at Tyler Junior College in Texas after playing as a true freshman at Florida A&M in Tallahassee…Was a First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference Selection…Helped Tyler to a top 10 national ranking in the final junior college poll after going 9-2 and winning the Football Capital of Kansas Bowl…Paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 277.9 yards per game and totaled 35 rushing touchdowns…Played in 11 games as a true freshman at Florida A&M…Started the final 10 games for the Rattlers, making his first-ever start on the road at Oklahoma…Graduated from North Florida Christian in 2012 after playing at Leon High School his first three years.

Jalen Tabor • Cornerback
6’1″ • 188 • Washington, DC
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A two-time Washington Post All-Met selection and named Washington D.C.’s Mr. Football as a senior…Named a 247 Sports Second Team All-American…Was the only sophomore among the Washington Post All-Met first and second teams in 2011…Played in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.…Invited and participated in The Opening, an All-Star summer camp at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.…Intercepted five passes and had 17 pass breakups as a senior…Helped Friendship Academy to its second-consecutive berth in the DCSAA AA Championship Game…According to the Washington Post, he did not allow a reception as a junior…Coached by Aazaar Abdul-Rahim at Friendship Collegiate Academy.


Khairi Clark • Defensive lineman
6’2″ • 325 • Hollywood, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection…Logged two assisted tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss in the game…An explosive big man who helped lead his Chaminade-Madonna Prep team to the FHSAA Class 3A Regional Semifinals…Recorded 45 tackles and six sacks during his senior year…As a junior, he accumulated an impressive 60 tackles, with nine sacks and one interception…Also recorded 60 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore…Chose Florida over Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Ohio State…Coached by Marcelo Rodriguez.

Travaris Dorsey • Offensive lineman
6’3″ • 310 • Jacksonville, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Athletic offensive line prospect who spent time at offensive tackle and guard during high school…Picked up Offensive Line Most Valuable Player honors at the Rivals Camp Series in Orlando after recording a 4.8 40-time, 515- pound squat and a 450-pound bench…Named to the 4A All-State Second Team Offense his senior year…Led his team to an 8-2 record and an appearance in the FHSAA Class 4A Regional Finals in his final prep season…Missed most of the 2012 season, but rebounded to have a strong senior campaign…Began playing football in the seventh grade…Coached in high school by Adam Wiley.

Treon Harris • Quarterback
5’11” • 185 • Miami, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Led Booker T. Washington to Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011…Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Completed 126-of-2013 passes for 2,113 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions as a senior…Scored another nine TDs on the ground while rushing for 633 yards…Threw for 2,461 yards as a junior, completing 140-of-221 passes for 33 touchdowns and being intercepted just six times…Rushed for another 16 touchdowns and 819 yards…As a sophomore, threw 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 88-of-148 passes for 1,320 yards…Ran for 17 touchdowns and 892 yards as a sophomore…Coached by Tim Harris.

Thomas Holley • Defensive lineman
6’4″ • 295 • Brooklyn, NY
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Helped lead Lincoln to an undefeated 2013 season and to the Public Schools Athletic League City Championships…Participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game…Holley compiled 60 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery during his senior campaign…Played in five games as a junior, his first year playing football, and recorded 10 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown…Was a major college basketball recruit in middle school…Chose to attend Florida over 20-plus schools including: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Ohio State, Penn State and Vanderbilt…Coached by Shawn O’Connor.

J.C. Jackson • Cornerback
5’11” • 185 • Immokalee, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Two-way star at wide receiver and defensive back who helped lead Immokalee to an FHSAA Class 5A semifinal appearance as a senior…Played in the Under Armour All-America Game in 2013…Tallied 165 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries as a senior…Totaled 380 yards and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in his four years on the varsity…Hauled in 31 catches for 862 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013…Totaled 3,109 yards on 133 catches with 31 touchdowns during his career at Immokalee…Notched 1,403 all-purpose yards as a senior and racked up 4,782 total yards…Recorded 53 tackles, including 25 that were unassisted, as a senior…Had 42 tackles as a junior and eight as an underclassman for a total of 103 tackles in his career…Responsible for two interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2013…Coached by Richard Dombroski.

C’yontai Lewis • Tight end
6’5″ • 220 • Tuscaloosa, AL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: As a senior, Lewis caught 45 passes for 703 yards and scored 10 touchdowns…Also saw time at safety, linebacker, defensive end and kick returner…Notched 78 tackles, including 45 solo, in 2013…Snagged three interceptions, notched a safety and recovered a fumble as a senior…Recorded 313 yards and four touchdowns as a junior at Northridge High School…Also played basketball at Kingwood…Coached by Steve Birmingham.

Andrew Mike • Offensive lineman
6’7″ • 280 • Tucson, AZ
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in California…Named to the Arizona All-State Div. III First Team Offense as both a senior and junior…Led Sabino to a 9-3 record as a senior, 10-1 record as a junior and 11-2 record in 2011 as a sophomore…Also played some defense in high school…Chose Florida over Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska and Washington…Coached by Jay Campos.

Deiondre Porter • Athlete (cornerback)
6’1″ • 170 • Tampa, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named first-team all-state quarterback in Class 6A as a senior…Named Tampa Bay Times’ All-Sun Coast Offensive Player of the Year…Led the state of Florida with 4,698 total yards and 53 touchdowns as a senior…Threw for 3,199 yards and 33 touchdowns, while racking up 1,499 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground in 2013…Completed 150-of-263 passes, with only eight interceptions…As a junior, he threw for 2,276 yards with 27 touchdowns, while rushing for 398 yards and five more touchdowns…Completed 157-of-226 passes, while throwing 13 interceptions, as a junior…Passed for 7,365 yards and 77 touchdowns as a three-year starter at Jefferson…Also runs track at Jefferson…Coached by Jeremy Earle.

Justus Reed • Defensive lineman
6’3″ • 220 • Clearwater, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named to the 2013 Class 3A All-State First Team…Racked up 106 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 13 sacks during his senior season…Also recovered two fumbles and scored two points on a safety…Led his team to the Class 3A State Championship Game and recorded four solo tackles in the contest…Guided Clearwater Catholic to a 11-3 season…Transferred to Clearwater Catholic after previously attending Clearwater High for three years…Tallied 98 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 2012…Also played basketball in high school…Coached by John Davis.

David Sharpe • Offensive lineman
6’6″ • 315 • Jacksonville, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection…Named to the MaxPreps All-America First Team…Helped Providence average 227.3 rushing yards per game in 2013…Also played basketball in high school…Chose to attend Florida over Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee among others…Coached by Bobby Raulerson.

Ryan Sousa • Wide receiver
6’0″ • 180 • Orlando, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl…Named to the Florida Class 5A All-State First Team his junior year and the Class 7A All-State First Team his senior year…Ended his high school career with 246 catches for 4,107 yards and 53 touchdowns…Notched 89 catches for 1,664 yards and 23 touchdowns during his senior campaign…Tallied a remarkable 358 yards and scored five touchdowns in Lake Nona’s 49-12 win over Colonial to rank fifth nationally for receiving yards in a game…Combined to total 30 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons…Amassed 1,601 receiving yards on 92 catches as a junior…Led the state of Florida in receiving yardage his junior year…Recorded 842 receiving yards on 54 catches during his sophomore year…Helped Lake Nova to the school’s first playoff berth and an 8-3 record in his final prep season…Brother, Kevin, plays football for Wake Forest…Coached at Lake Nona by Anthony Paradiso.

Moral Stephens • Tight end
6’3″ • 230 • Perry, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Helped lead his Taylor County team to the FHSAA Class 4A Regional Semifinals…Named a Class 4A Honorable Mention selection…As a senior, recorded 56 catches for 1,105 yards and 14 touchdowns…Totaled 38 receptions for 620 yards and 11 touchdowns during his sophomore year…Also played basketball for Taylor County and averaged 16.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game in his career…Chose Florida over Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State…Coached by Ron Smith.

Gerald Willis III • Defensive lineman
6’3″ • 270 • New Orleans, LA
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Played in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game…Named 2013 First-Team All-USA by USA Today and MaxPreps Second Team All-American…Named the All-Metro and District 9-4A Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…Led Edna Karr to four-consecutive Class 4A state finals berths and four-straight district titles… Recorded a total of 289 tackles with 62 TFL, 36 sacks, one interception and one defensive touchdown during his high school career…Totaled 107 tackles with 43 tackles-for-loss, including 15 sacks, as a senior in 14 games…Named a second-team All-American and first-team LSWA Class 4A all-state recipient as a junior…Recorded 141 tackles with 28 TFL and 15 sacks in his junior season…Chose Florida over Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU…Coached by Jabbar Juluke and Nathaniel Jones.

Quincy Wilson • Defensive back
6’1″ • 200 • Fort Lauderdale, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Was a 2014 Under Armour All-American Game selection…Recorded one solo tackle for Team Nitro in the game…Helped lead his University School team to the Class 4A Regional Finals…Named to the Class 4A First-Team Defense…Had 21 tackles and three interceptions at safety as a senior…As a junior, logged 34 tackles and one interception…Had 22 tackles and two picks as a sophomore…His father, Chad Wilson, played corner for Miami (FL) from 1992-94…Chose Florida over Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee…Coached by Roger Harriott.

C.J. Worton • Wide receiver
6’0″ • 172 • Homestead, FL
PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Helped South Dade to a 14-1 record and the 2013 FHSAA Class 8A State Championship…Had six receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns in the state championship game against Apopka…Recorded an impressive senior campaign, ending with 42 catches for 1,052 yards and 15 touchdowns…As a junior, caught 26 passes for 473 yards and eight touchdowns…Brother, J.J. Worton, is a wide receiver at UCF…Chose Florida over Florida State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Miami and Ohio State…Coached by Nathaniel Hudson.

One Comment

  1. Sharon Milner says:

    Looks terrific. If they don’t win it will be the end of WM.

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