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1996 Signees

  • Florida Football Team Signs 17 To National Letters-Of-Intent

    GAINESVILLE, Fla.- University of Florida head football coach Steve Spurrier announced 17 student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to attend the university as of 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday.

    "This is another outstanding group of student-athletes that should help ensure the continued success of our football program," said Head Coach Steve Spurrier.

    If there are further additions to the list, the University of Florida Sports Information Department will continue to post updates of Gator signees as they become available.

    The following 17 student-athletes have signed national-letters of intent to attend the University of Florida during the fall of 1996:

    • Zuri Buchanan, Back (6-0, 232), DeSoto, TX (DeSoto HS)
    • Thaddeus Bullard, Line (6-4, 240), Live Oak, FL (Suwannee HS)
    • Jayme Campbell, Line (6-3, 250), Alachua, FL (Santa Fe HS)
    • Daymon Carroll, Back (5-10, 170), Norristown, PA (Norristown HS)
    • Derrick Chambers, Line (6-4, 248), Lawndale, NC (Burns HS)
    • Craig Dudley, Back (5-10, 175), Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
    • Dwight Edge, Back (6-6, 220), Apopka, FL (Apopka HS)
    • Rod Frazier, Back (6-0, 220), Bradenton, FL (Manatee HS)
    • Rod Graddy, Back (6-2, 195), Cuthbert, GA (Randolph-Clay HS)
    • Buck Gurley, Line (6-3, 255), Tallahassee, FL (Godby HS)
    • Doug Johnson, Back (6-2, 195), Gainesville, FL (Buchholz HS)
    • Sean Ladd, Line (6-4, 265), Potomac, MD (Winston Churchill HS/North Carolina State/Montgomery Junior College)
    • Daryl Owens, Back (6-0, 215), Jackson, MS (Provine HS)
    • Teddy Sims, Back (6-1, 215), Belle Glade, FL (Glades Central)
    • Ian Skinner, Back (5-9, 165), Miami, FL (Miami Senior HS)
    • Cedric Warren, Back (5-10, 175), Virginia Beach, VA (Green Run HS)
    • Zac Zedalis, Line (6-3, 280), Alachua, FL (Santa Fe HS)

  • Notes On The University Of Florida 1996 Signee Class

    • Of the 16 total high school players UF has signed to National-Letters-of-Intent, 11 earned prep All-America honors.

    • Of the 16 total high school players UF has signed to National-Letters-of-Intent:

      - Eleven were ranked among the nation's top 12 players at a position group ranking by at least one national recruiting service.

      - Eight were ranked among the nation's top five players at a position group ranking by at least one national recruiting service.

      - Six were ranked among the nation's top three players in the country at a position group rating by at least one national recruiting service.

  • ZURI BUCHANAN
    6-0, 232
    DeSoto, TX (DeSoto HS)

    Resigned with UF in '96 after originally signing in Feb. of '95 but was not permitted to enroll that fall due to NCAA eligibility questions...Enrolled at UF this January...Received prep All-America honors as a linebacker in 1994...National Recruiting Advisor named him among the top three weakside linebackers in the country...National Bluechip Recruiting Service selected him one of the country's top seven players in its "Weakside Linebacker" category, as well as naming him an All-America...Also received All-America honors from Bluechip Illustrated, which named him one of the top six linebackers in the southwest...A three-year starter at OLB who moved to running back during the midpoint of his senior season in 1994 and rushed for 850 yards in the final six games...Had 77 tackles with 13 for losses in the first half of the season at OLB.

  • THADDEUS BULLARD
    6-4, 240
    Live Oak, FL (Suwannee HS)

    Considered among the nation's elite prep defensive linemen...Named to virtually every prep All-America squad, including the prestigious Parade All-America Team...Second-team USA Today All-America choice...SuperPrep ranked him the second-best defensive line prospect in the nation while the National Recruiting Advisor ranked him the second-top defensive tackle prospect...Named to the Bluechips Illustrated national Dream Team...Named to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors Team...A first-team All-State (4A) selection.

  • JAYME CAMPBELL
    6-3, 250
    Alachua, FL (Santa Fe HS)

    A two-way line standout who gained recognition on the regional and state level...A first-team All-State (4A) selection in 1995 as an offensive lineman while being ranked among the top 15 defensive line prospects in the Southeast by Bluechips Illustrated...A two-time selection on the Gainesville Sun All-Area team as a defensive lineman...Played on the offensive line at Santa Fe with fellow UF signee Zac Zedalis...A second-team All-State selection as a junior in '94.

  • DAYMON CARROLL
    5-10, 170
    Norristown, PA (Norristown HS)

    One of the nation's premier prep running backs in 1995...Named to the prestigious Parade All-America Team...Also received prep All-America honors from Emfinger's National Blue Chips Report and was rated among the top three in the country in its "speed running back" category...The number one rated prep running back in the East by Bluechips Illustrated...First-team All-State...Rushed for 1,529 yards (7.9 avg.) with 17 TDs in nine games in 1995 after gaining 1,200 yards as a junior in 1994...Second in the state of Pennsylvania in 1995 in the 100m dash.

  • DERRICK CHAMBERS
    6-4, 248
    Lawndale, NC (Burns HS)

    Considered one of the nation's premier prep defensive linemen in 1995...A first-team prep All-America selection by Bluechips Illustrated, SuperPrep, and the National Recruiting Advisor...Named one of the top dozen defensive linemen in the nation by SuperPrep while National Recruiting Advisor named him one of the nation's top three players in its "rush-end" category...SuperPrep named him one of the top two overall players in the state of North Carolina...18 QB sacks alone during the 1995 season.

  • CRAIG DUDLEY
    5-10, 175
    Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)

    A two-way standout (WR/DB) for St. Thomas the past two seasons who earned prep All-America honors in 1995 as a receiver...Emfinger National Blue Chips Report named him an All-American and rated him among the top seven prep wide receivers in the nation...A fourth-team All-America selection by Bluechips Illustrated, which selected him among the top five WR prospects in the Southeast...National Recruiting Advisor named him one of the top five wide receivers in the Southeast...Outstanding speed (timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters and at 4.38 in the 40 this past spring at the area Reebok Combine)...18 catches for 301 yards in 1995 along with 31 tackles at cornerback...The nephew of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

  • DWIGHT EDGE
    6-6, 220
    Apopka, FL (Apopka HS)

    Considered one of the nation's top prep tight ends in 1995...Received prep All-America honors from SuperPrep and Bluechip Illustrated...SuperPrep named him one of the top eight TE's in the nation...That publication also selected him the top TE in the state of Florida...Emfinger's National Blue Chips Report rated him the second-best tight end prospect in the nation, while Bluechip Illustrated ranked him third in the country...Honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today...First-Team All-State in '95 (class 6A) and was also named to the prestigious Florida Super Seniors Team...27 catches for 720 yards (26.6 avg.) with three TDs as a senior in '95.

  • ROD FRAZIER
    6-0, 220
    Bradenton, FL (Manatee HS)

    Considered one of the state's top fullbacks...Rushed for 845 yards on 145 carries (5.8 avg.) with 10 TDs as a senior at Bradenton Manatee...Selected squad's offensive MVP in 1995...Ranked among the top three FB prospects in the state by SuperPrep...Brother, Tommie Frazier, was the runner-up for the 1995 Heisman Trophy and led Nebraska to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995.

  • ROD GRADDY
    6-2, 195
    Cuthbert, GA (Randolph-Clay HS)

    A four-year starter at free safety and three-year starter at quarterback...An Honorable Mention Georgia All-State selection in 1995 (2A)...Named First-Team All-Southwest Georgia in both 1994 and 1995...Had seven interceptions in 1995, the most in Region 1AA, as well as 64 tackles...As quarterback for first eight games in '95 led Randolph-Clay to 8-0 record, the best start in school history, and an average of 37 points per game, before injuring his ankle in ninth game...Team was ranked as high as fourth in the state.

  • BUCK GURLEY
    6-3, 255
    Tallahassee, FL (Godby HS)

    Considered one of the nation's top defensive prospects in 1995...A consensus prep All-America...First-team USA Today All-America...Bluechips Illustrated Dream Team...Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year for the state of Florida...National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the nation's top 10 prospects at "Rush-End" while Emfinger's National Blue Chips Report ranked him third in the country among prospects at strong-side linebacker...Named to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors Team...Registered 83 tackles (51 solo) with seven tackles for loss as a middle linebacker in 1995.

  • DOUG JOHNSON
    6-2, 195
    Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz HS)

    One of the state's top prep QBs in 1995 who garnered prep All-America honors...A first-team prep All-America selection by Bluechip Illustrated...National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the top five prospects in the country in its "Pro-Style QB" ranking...Ranked among the top 10 in Emfinger's National Blue Chips "Dropback Passer" category...Honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today...Selected one of the top two QBs in the state of Florida by SuperPrep...Gainesville Sun Area Offensive Player of the Year in 1995 after leading Buchholz to state semifinals in class 5A...Second-team All-State selection (5A)...As a senior in '95 completed 160 of 275 passes (58.2%) for 2,234 yards and 18 TDs.

  • SEAN LADD
    6-4, 265
    Potomac, MD (Winston Churchill HS/North Carolina State/Montgomery Junior College)

    A transfer from North Carolina State and Montgomery Junior College in Maryland...Played on the defensive line as a true freshman at North Carolina State in 1994 before transferring to Montgomery Junior College in 1995, where he did not play football...Has three years of eligibility remaining...Expected to play on the OL at UF...Had 124 tackles with 13 QB sacks as a senior at Winston Churchill HS in 1993 and then played on the defensive line as a true freshman at N.C. State in 1994 before injuring an ankle in the third game and receiving a medical redshirt.

  • DARYL OWENS
    6-0, 215
    Jackson, MS (Provine HS)

    Considered among the nation's top linebackers in 1995...A second-team USA Today All-American selection...Named to Bluechips Illustrated, as well as SuperPrep All-America Teams...Ranked among the nation's top 15 linebackers by SuperPrep...National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the nation's top 10 prospects at the weakside linebacker position...Tampa Tribune ranked him among the top 20 players in the nation...A four-year starter at Jackson Provine High School, who compiled 185 tackles alone in 1995 with six sacks, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts...A two-time first-team All-State selection, as well as a two-time Jackson Metro Player of the Year recipient.

  • TEDDY SIMS
    6-1, 215
    Belle Glade, FL (Glades Central HS)

    Considered one of the top linebackers in the Southeast during 1995...National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the top seven players in the Southeast in its weakside LB category...First-team All-State (4A) selection...Palm Beach Post selected him the area's 1995 Defensive Player of the Year...Credited with 95 tackles, six quarterback sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 1995...High school teammates with current Gators Reidel Anthony, Fred Taylor and Johnny Rutledge.

  • IAN SKINNER
    5-9, 165
    Miami, FL (Miami Senior HS)

    Considered one of the state's speediest receivers...Honorable mention All-Southeastern honors from Bluechips Illustrated...28 catches for 500 yards (17.9 avg.) with six TDs in '95...Also returned two kickoffs for TDs in 1995 and four kickoffs for TDs in his career...Played running back as a junior in 1994 and rushed for 745 yards on 142 carries with eight TDs.

  • CEDRIC WARREN
    5-10, 175
    Virginia Beach, VA (Green Run HS)

    Considered among the nation's top prep defensive backs in 1995...Received prep All-America honors from the National High School Recruiting Advisory, which ranked him among the top 12 cornerback prospects in the country...SuperPrep selected him among the top 12 players in the state of Virginia, and one of the top two DBs...Timed at 10.6 in the 100 meters...Had seven interceptions in 1995 and returned four kickoffs for TDs as well as rushing for 700 yards and 11 TDs as a running back...A four-year starter at cornerback for Green Run High School...A second-team all-state choice in 1994 and a first-team selection in '95.

  • ZAC ZEDALIS
    6-3, 280
    Alachua, FL (Santa Fe HS)

    Generally regarded as one of the nation's elite prep offensive linemen in 1995...Named to prestigious Parade All-America Team...A first-team USA Today prep All-America selection...Named to Bluechip Illustrated Elite 22 list (the nation's top 22 players)...That publication ranked him among the nation's top five OL prospects...Also received All-America honors from SuperPrep which named him among the nation's top 10 offensive linemen...Ranked among the top three offensive guard prospects in the country by National Recruiting Advisor...A two-time first-team all-state selection...Named to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors Team...Recipient of Wendy's High School Heisman Award (one student-athlete from each state receives this honor based on combined athletic/academic/community service achievements)...A state weightlifting champion (475-pound bench press as a junior) and set a state record this summer at the Adidas Performance Training Clinic with 42 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.
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