Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida Football team has
received signed 2003 National Letters of Intent from the following
Updated 11:33am 2/6/03
|Andre Caldwell||Back||6-2||188||Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Jefferson)|
|Joe Cohen||Back||6-2||250||Melbourne, Fla. (Palm Bay)|
|John Dingle||Line||6-2||230||Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington)|
|Earl Everett||Back||6-2||210||Webster, Fla. (Sumter)|
|Michael Hill||Line||6-2||285||Smiths, Ala. (Smiths Station)|
|Reynaldo Hill||Back||6-0||180||Dodge City Community College/Stranahan HS|
|Chad Jackson||Back||6-1||200||Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)|
|Chris Leak||QB||6-1||205||Charlotte (Independence)|
|Howard Lingard||Back||6-2||215||Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo)|
|Clint McMillan||Line||6-2||270||Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo)|
|Carlton Medder||Line||6-5||320||Clermont, Fla. (South Lake HS)|
|Justin Midgett||QB||6-3||180||Punta Gorda, Fla. (Charlotte HS)|
|Tranell Morant||Line||6-5||270||Miami, Fla. (Braddock Senior HS)|
|Jarvis Moss||Line||6-7||220||Denton, TX (Ryan)|
|Reggie Nelson||Back||6-0||185||Melbourne, Fla. (Palm Bay HS)|
|Julian Riley||Line||6-3 ½||266||St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood)|
|Steven Rissler||Line||6-3||310||Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview HS)|
|Jermaine Thomas||Back||6-2||200||Citra, Fl (North Marion)|
|Marcus Thomas||Line||6-4||285||Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin)|
|Skyler Thornton||Back||6-0||200||LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange HS)|
|Demetrice Webb||Back||5-11||180||Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White)|
|Eric Wilbur||P/K||6-2||190||Winter Park, Fla. (Trinity Prep)|
Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Jefferson)
One of the nation's premier athletes…An explosive receiver who can make the big offensive plays…A Parade All-American…Moved from receiver to quarterback entering his senior season…Rivals No. 1 receiver in the country and considered the No. 1 offensive prospect in the Southeast…A SuperPrep All-American who was listed the nation's No. 3 receiver and the No. 4 prospect in Florida by the publication…Named to the USA Today All-American Second-Team…First-Team All-State (4A)…Named to Sunshine Network All-Gridiron Team…2001 Tampa Tribune Hillsborough County Player of the Year… Rushed for over 1,800 yards, threw for over 1,500 yards and accounted for 38 touchdowns as he led his team to a 13-2 record as a senior…Played in the state championship game (4A) as a senior…A standout in the US Army All-American Bowl…Caught 52 passes for 1,162 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior…Brother of former Gator and current NFL receiver Reche Caldwell…Considered USC, LSU, FSU and Miami in the recruiting process…
Melbourne, Fla. (Palm Bay)
One of the country's most physically gifted athletes who is impressive on both sides of the ball…A powerful runner who combines strength with good speed…Named to the prestigious Parade All-American Team…A SuperPrep All-American who was also listed as the nation's No. 1 fullback…Named to the SuperPrep Elite 50 Team…Ranked by Rivals as Florida's top defensive end and among the top four players in the state…First-Team All-State (4A)…Led his team to the 2002 State Championship (4A)…Participant in the Army All-American Bowl…Rushed for 1,126 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior…2002 MVP of Miami Nike Camp…Chose Florida over Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and LSU…High school teammate of Gator center Mike Degory.
Miami (Booker T Washington)
Named Dade County Defensive Player of the Year…One of South Florida's best pass rushers and one of the top 15 prep defensive players in Dade County…Totaled 22 sacks as a senior…Appeared in the Dade County-Broward County All-Star Game…Played for Jerry Hughes…A standout in basketball…Considered South Florida, West Virginia and LSU during the recruiting process. Earl Everett 6-2, 210 Back Webster, Fla. (Sumter) One of the nation's premier outside linebacker prospects…Named a Parade All-American at linebacker… CNN/Sports Illustrated All-American First-Team…A SuperPrep All-American who is listed among the top 15 prospects in Florida…Ranked the No. 2 linebacker in Florida and in the top six in the country by Rivals.com…Three-time First-Team All-State (2A)…Led team to three consecutive regional championships and a 45-10 combined record as a four year varsity player…Versatile athlete who played quarterback, tight end, middle linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, safety and strong safety as a senior…Totaled 232 tackles, including 13 sacks, and had seven interceptions, six fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles in his career…Finished with 527 rushing yards on 52 carries (10.1 avg.) and six touchdowns despite missing most of his final season with an injury…Also threw for 430 yards and seven touchdowns as the starting quarterback during the state playoffs as a senior…Played in the 2003 Florida-California game…Also considered Nebraska, Florida State, LSU and Miami during the recruiting process.
Webster, Fla. (Sumter)
One of the nation's premier outside linebacker prospects…Named a Parade All-American at linebacker… CNN/Sports Illustrated All-American First-Team…A SuperPrep All-American who is listed among the top 15 prospects in Florida…Ranked the No. 2 linebacker in Florida and in the top six in the country by Rivals.com…Three-time First-Team All-State (2A)…Led team to three consecutive regional championships and a 45-10 combined record as a four year varsity player…Versatile athlete who played quarterback, tight end, middle linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, safety and strong safety as a senior…Totaled 232 tackles, including 13 sacks, and had seven interceptions, six fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles in his career…Finished with 527 rushing yards on 52 carries (10.1 avg.) and six touchdowns despite missing most of his final season with an injury…Also threw for 430 yards and seven touchdowns as the starting quarterback during the state playoffs as a senior…Played in the 2003 Florida-California game…Also considered Nebraska, Florida State, LSU and Miami during the recruiting process.
Smiths, Ala. (Smiths Station)
One of the top defensive line prospects in Alabama…An excellent tackle who could see time at end, also saw time at tight end…A three-year starter…First-Team All-State (6A)…Totaled 52 tackles and two sacks in only seven games as a senior…Also caught five passes for 87 yards…Team defensive MVP as a senior…Had 48 tackles and three sacks as a junior while catching seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown at TE….A three-year track and field athlete who competed in the shotput and discuss events…Also played basketball as a sophomore…Plans to major in electrical engineering…Chose Florida over Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dodge City Community College/Stranahan HS)
An extremely aggressive and quick cornerback…Considered the nation's No. 2 DB and No. 8 overall non-high school player by Rivals…Led the nation with 22 pass breakups in 2002, along with 57 tackles, three interceptions and two kickoffs and a punt returned for a touchdown at Dodge City Community College…Anchored the nation's No. 1 ranked junior college pass defense in 2001…Played high school football at Ft. Lauderdale Stranahan High School and was a track standout as well…Also considered Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas State and Mississippi State in the recruiting process.
Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Considered one of the top nation's top offensive prospects…Outstanding hands but has the speed to make a big play after the catch…Selected to the Parade All-American Team…A SuperPrep All-American who is considered the No. 1 WR in Alabama and among the top five in the south…Listed as Alabama's No. 1 prospect by Rivals…Named to the Alabama Super All-State Team…Two-time First-Team All-State (6A)…Named No. 1 senior by Birmingham News…Finished second for Alabama's Mr. Football Award as a senior…Won two state championships (6A) as a sophomore and a senior and finished as runner-up as a junior…A three-year starter and a team captain as a senior… Finished with a combined 42-3 over his final three seasons…Team MVP as a senior…Caught 68 passes for 1,187 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior…Had 70 catches for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior…Also saw time at free safety…Finished third in the state track meet in the 300m event…Played basketball for three years before concentrating on football as a senior…Grew up a Gator fan…Chose Florida over Georgia, Auburn and Alabama.
One of the nation's most decorated quarterbacks in prep history…Set national and state prep records during four year career, while leading his team to three consecutive state championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and 46 straight wins… Has thrown a national high school record 185 touchdown passes…Owned 16 state individual records at the end of his prep career including total offense, passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdown passes…Second in prep history with 15,593 career passing yards…Led Independence to a No. 3 ranking as a senior and No. 6 as a junior in USA Today's Super 25 Poll …Named Parade Magazine's 2003 Player of the Year…Won the prestigious Ken Hall High School Player of the Year Award as a senior…Named No. 1 player by The Sporting News, USA Today and Tom Lemming as a senior…Student Sports National High School Player of the Year…A SuperPrep All-American who is North Carolina's No. 1 prospect…USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year in 2002…Two-time North Carolina AP Player of the Year (2000, 2002), including a unanimous pick his senior season, and runner-up in 2001…Charlotte Touchdown Club 2003 National Player of the Year…Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club 2003 National Offensive Player of the Year…Atlanta Touchdown Club 2003 National Offensive Back of the Year…The first two-time winner of the North Carolina's Mr. Football Award…Selected as the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year three consecutive seasons…Named to the Class 6A All-State Team three consecutive seasons (2000, 2001, 2002)…MVP of state championship game three consecutive seasons…MVP of the 2003 Army All-American Bowl…Offensive MVP of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl…Honor student…Was offered a scholarship to Wake Forest as an eighth grader after attending the Deacon's football camp…Chose Florida over Texas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Iowa, North Carolina and Tennessee…Brother C.J. is a reserve quarterback at Tennessee. Parents: Curtis and Karen Leak.
State Records Owned
Touchdown Responsibility- Career: 216 (185 passing/31 rushing) 1999-2002
Touchdown Responsibility- Season 74 (64 passing/10 rushing) 2002
Total Offense-Career: 16,590 yards (997 rushing/15,593 passing) 1999-2002
Total Offense-Season: 5,494 (301 rushing/5,193 passing) 2002
Passing Yards- Career: 15,593, 1999-2002
Passing Yards- Season: 5,193, 2002
Passing Yards- Game: 585 vs. North Mecklenburg, 2002
Passing Attempts- Career: 1,745, 1999-02
Passing Attempts- Season: 584, 2002
Passes Completed- Career: 1,013, 1999-02
Passes Completed- Season: 336, 2002
Touchdown Passes- Career: 185, 1999-2002
Touchdown Passes- Season: 64, 2002
Touchdown Passes- Game: 8 vs. North Mecklenburg, 2002 (tied with two others)
Passing Yards- State Championship: 359, 2000
Touchdown Passes- State Championship: 4, 2001 (tied with three others)
|Leak's Passing Statistics|
Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo)
A very physical, athletic player who plays at full speed…Among SuperPrep's top 10 linebackers and 50 prospects in Florida…Ranked the state's No. 8 defensive end prospect by Rivals…First-Team All-State (6A)… Ranked No. 3 DE in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel… Saw time at fullback, tailback, outside linebacker and wide receiver as a senior…Totaled over 90 tackles in 2002…High school team finished 9-1 as a senior and made it to the second round of the state playoffs…Played at Deltona's Pine Ridge as a junior and sophomore before transferring to Oviedo…Grew up a Gator fan…Chose Florida over UCF, FSU, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Oviedo, Fla. (Oviedo)
A tough, physical athlete that has quick reaction time and footwork for his size…A good drive blocker…Played both ways for Oviedo at offensive guard and middle linebacker…Versatile athlete who also saw time at tight end, fullback, offensive tackle and defensive end…35 tackles and three sacks as a junior…Attended football camps at FSU, Florida and UCF…Worked with a personal trainer and speed coach for two years…Chose Florida over Florida State, Michigan State and UCF.
Clermont, Fla. (South Lake HS)
Considered among the nation's top dozen offensive tackles by Rivals and one of the state's top 10 offensive lineman…First-Team All-State (5A)…A three-year starter and senior captain…All-district as a junior and senior…Team Offensive MVP as a senior…A three-year track athlete who competed in the shot put and discus events…Also participated in weightlifting…Considered North Carolina State, Maryland, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee in the recruiting process…High school teammate of Gator Ryan Carter.
Quarterback Punta Gorda, Fla. (Charlotte HS)
Rated as the No. 8 pro-style QB in the nation by Rivals.com and the top quarterback in the state…Selected to play in the California-Florida All-Star game…Threw for 2,489 yards and 21 TDs…Led team to a school-best 13-1 record and appearance in the state semi final game as a senior…Suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle in the second game of his senior season but didn't miss a game…Threw for 374 yards and five TDs, including 270 yards passing and four TDs in the first quarter in final regular season game…One of 12 quarterbacks who attended Elite 11 camp in California in the summer of 2002….Threw for 1,653 yards and 18 TDs as a junior…A life long Gator fan….First oral commitment of the 2003 class, giving his verbal to Florida in March of 2002….Named MVP of 2002 Gator Football Camp…Missed most of his sophomore season with a separated shoulder….Father, Billy, was also a standout QB at Charlotte High School.
Miami, Fla. (Braddock Senior HS)
Tremendous upside after playing high school football for just one and a half seasons…Good size, speed and natural ability with a long wing span…Considered the No. 9 strongside defensive end prospect in the south and the No. 23 in the nation by Rivals…Had 19.5 sacks as a senior…Had 58 tackles and 25 tackles for loss through nine games of his senior season…Recorded 12 sacks in just six games as a junior…Finished with 36 tackles, four forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered for touchdowns…Averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds a game as a junior on the basketball team…Played for Coach Frank Rojas…Cousins are former Gator hoop star Udonis Haslem….Attended the 2002 Gator Football Camp…Also considered Miami, Auburn, Georgia and Rutgers in the recruiting process…Hopes to have a future in coaching.
Denton, TX (Ryan)
One of the nation's elite defensive players who has good speed and is quick off the ball…A Parade All-American…Named a USA Today First-Team All-American…Ranked as the No. 1 strong side defensive end in the nation and the overall No. 25 national prospect by Rivals…Also considered the No. 1 defensive player in Texas and the state's No. 4 prospect overall by Rivals…A SuperPrep All-American and listed to the Elite 50 team…Had 61 tackles and nine sacks as a sophomore…Totaled 122 tackles, including 52 for a loss, and 28 sacks, seven pass deflections, three forced fumbles and five fumble recovers as a junior…Was invited to play in the Army All-Star Game in Texas…Also considered Miami, Texas and Florida State.
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Melbourne, Fla. (Palm Bay HS)
Arguably the top safety in the state of Florida…A hard working athlete who is a sure tackler…A SuperPrep All-American and listed among Florida's top dozen prospects…Two-time First-team All-State (4A) and a four-year starter…Florida Today's Defensive Player of the Year…Had 169 tackles, 53 assists and 10 sacks on defense and caught 18 passes for 354 yards on offense as a senior…Also saw time at safety, linebacker and wide receiver…Led team to two State (4A) Championships in 2000 and 2002….Leading tackler in the 2003 Florida-California All-Star game…Had 150 tackles as a junior…Also played wide receiver as a junior…Lost to eventual state champion in playoffs…Former high school teammate and good friend is current Gator Mike Degory…Also considered FSU, LSU and Miami….Attended Gator football camp.
St. Petersburg, Fla. (Lakewood)
A tall end with superior range and the big-play ability on the defensive side of the ball…Listed among the state's top ten defensive lineman and among Florida's top 30 defensive prospects by SuperPrep…Considered the No. 8 strongside defensive ends in the south by Rivals…A three-year starter…Team's Golden Helmet winner…All-State Second-Team (4A)…Had 70 total tackles, 48 unassisted, 17 sacks and 28 tackles for loss as a senior…Played sparingly at offensive tackle…Also considered Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Boston College in the recruiting process.
Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview HS)
A powerful lineman who moves well for his size…Run blocking is his strength…An offensive tackle in high school, who could see action at guard or center in college…Considered the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect in the South and among the top 10 offensive lineman in Florida by SuperPrep…First-Team All-State (6A) as a senior…Graded out better than 90 percent for his senior season…Second-Team All-State as a junior…Also considered Georgia and Miami in the recruiting process…The youngest of five brothers.
Citra, Fl (North Marion)
A two position standout at corner and tailback …Thomas had 45 tackles and four interceptions as a junior...Also saw time at tailback, where he had 274 yards and four touchdowns...He is also a state high jumper and an all-area basketball player as well…Also considered Louisville, East Carolina, Iowa State and Southern Mississippi.
One of the top prep defensive tackles in Florida… Big and strong with impressive quickness for his size…Attacking in the backfield… A SuperPrep All-American, a publication that ranks him among the state's top two defensive linemen …Considered the south's top defensive tackle and ranked No. 6 in the country at that position by Rivals…Also listed as Florida's top defensive lineman by Rivals…First-Team All-State (6A)…Led the team in sacks as a senior with 30, just two shy of the state record…Played sparingly at fullback and rushed for over 100 yards in a game…80 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior…High school teammate of FSU's Chris Anderson…Chose Florida over Florida State and Miami.
LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange HS)
One of the top running backs in the South….A SuperPrep All-American…Considered the nation's No. 16 running back and among the top ten prospects in Georgia by Rivals…Member of the BorderWars 101 Team….Rushed for 4,316 yards in his career (on 596 carries) and 59 rushing TDs….Two-time All-State selection…Rushed for 1,591 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior…Rushed for 1,592 yards and 21 TDs as a junior…Averaged 8.0 yards per carry and a touchdown every nine rushing attempts as a junior…Led his team to 3A State Championship as a junior…Played varsity as a freshmen….Plans to major in Zoology…Was a ball boy at LaGrange High School from fourth through eighth grade… Also considered Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina.
Demetrice (Dee) Webb
Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White HS)
Ranked as the No. 2 cornerback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com….One of the top pure athletes in the state of Florida…USA Today First-Team All-American…A SuperPrep All-American and listed to the publication's Elite 50 list as the nation's top defensive back and the No. 6 prospect overall…SuperPrep's Defensive Player of the Year in the Dixie region…First-Team All-State (6A)…Florida Times Union Player of the Year…Had eight interceptions his senior season…Scored on defense a school-record eight times (returned five interceptions for TDs, blocked a field goal for a TD, intercepted two option passes and returned for a TD and recovered a fumble for a TD)….Also played QB as a senior, passing for 450 yards and four touchdowns, along with 645 rushing yards and 15 TDs…Had 10 interceptions as a junior and ran for 780 yards as a tailback….Returned four of 10 interceptions for touchdowns as a junior…Caught 40 passes and had 10 TD receptions as a junior…Played cornerback and tailback as a sophomore and had eight interceptions and 820 yards rushing….Invited to participate in the Florida-California All-Star Game..Lettered as a freshmen on special teams…Also ran summer track, qualifying for the Junior Olympic team in the 100 meters (10.6) and was the anchor on the 4 x 4000 relay…Also considered Miami and Florida State in the recruiting process…Hopes to study business management.
Winter Park, Fla. (Trinity Prep)
One of the South's top kickers….Selected as the No. 1 kicker in Florida and the nation's No. 7 kicking prospect by SuperPrep…First-Team All-State kicker…Was 11-of-14 on field goals with a long of 48….Averaged 48 yards per punt as a senior and 78 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks….Also named Second Team All-State at the safety position and saw time at wide receiver….Had 87 tackles, three caused fumbles and four interceptions….Returned one interception for a touchdown…. Averaged 42.1 yards per punt as a junior, made 34 of 36 extra points, and 60 percent of his field goal attempts…Played in the 2003 Army All-American Bowl…Also played soccer and was a decathlete in high school…Mother attended Florida…Also considered Miami in the recruiting process…Drinks pickle juice to prevent cramping.