FOUR BITS: FSU smack talk, ’06 recruits, updates

By Adam Silverstein
November 26, 2009

1 » Florida Gators fans who follow recruiting closely will certainly know the name Greg Reid. For those of who don’t, Reid was a four-star cornerback who committed to Florida but eventually turned his back on the Gators to sign with the Florida State Seminoles this year. Now that he is set to play Florida for the first time, Reid is spouting off at the mouth about UF and head coach Urban Meyer. “Hopefully they’ll punt the ball to me,” Reid said. “I ain’t scared of [Meyer], I ain’t afraid of him. I know he wants to kind of get some payback. So I hope he brings it. I hope they punt the ball to me maybe three or four times. Out of them, I’m gonna take one to the house, I know that.” On decommitting from the Gators, Reid continued talking. “It was kind of disappointing. [Meyer] was talking to me like Florida was the world. But, I mean, I don’t too much like cockiness.” Are you saying Meyer is cocky? “I ain’t afraid to say that.” The last Seminole to talk smack of this level against Florida was linebacker Geno Hayes. “Tim Tebow’s going down,” Hayes said in 2007. “The bigger they are, the harder the fall. Hopefully we can go out there and shatter his dream.” In case you need a reminder of Tebow’s response, here it is:

2 » Florida State running back Jermaine Thomas, who injured his ribs last Saturday against the Maryland Terrapins, is “100 percent” for the Florida game on Saturday. However, the Seminoles will already be playing without three starters as quarterback Christian Ponder and tight end Caz Piuowski are out and left guard Rodney Hudson is “very doubtful” for for the game.

3 » Meyer has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, especially the fact that his 2006 recruiting class appears to be the best ever assembled at Florida. Consisting of Tebow, linebackers Brandon Spikes and A.J. Jones, wide receivers Percy Harvin and Riley Cooper, offensive linemen Carl Johnson and Marcus Gilbert, defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham and kick returner Brandon James, it is certainly a worthwhile argument. “There are many guys in that class that have done a great job,” Meyer said.

4 » According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the Gators have strong interest in South Carolina Gamecocks four-star OL commit Eric Mack (St. Matthews, SC). The paper reports that Mack was invited for and accepted an official visit to Gainesville, FL, the same weekend as the North-South game.


  1. c00klyn says:

    Haha I love that G. Reid’s sayin he’d score on 1/3 punt returns (if we kick to him)…. and then turns around to say that Meyer’s too cocky for him.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Glad to see another person giving UF more of a reason to beat some ass. Wont these players from opposing teams ever learn a lesson? Guess making an 800 on your SAT’s doesn’t really constitute well educated.

  3. Brittany says:

    I don’t understand people who talk smack thus giving the Gators even more motivation to win. It’s just stupid.

    c00klyn-I found that humorous also.

  4. O-town Gator says:

    Just as Geno Hayes got left with egg on his face last year after we beat them out in Tally, Greg Reid will have the same thing happen to him before his sorry ass leaves The Swamp this afternoon.

    If you ain’t a Gator, you’re Gator bait. That means YOU, Florida State.

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