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Wednesday February 3, 2010Gator Football Announces 2010 Recruiting Class

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida football head coach Urban Meyer announced the 2010 Gator recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon.

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University of Florida 2010 Football Recruiting Class

Enrolled in January 2010
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Neiron Ball DE/OLB 6-3 196 Jackson, GA (Jackson H.S.)
Trey Burton QB 6-3 214 Venice, FL (Venice Senior H.S.)
Gerald Christian TE 6-3 232 Palm Beach Gardens, FL (William T. Dwyer H.S.)
Robert Clark WR/KR 5-9 161 Palm Beach Gardens, FL (William T. Dwyer H.S.)
Matt Elam S 5-10 199 Palm Beach Gardens, FL (William T. Dwyer H.S.)
Jordan Haden S 6-2 202 Fort Washington, MD (Friendly H.S.)
Leon Orr DT 6-5 344 New Port Richey, FL (Gulf H.S .)
Solomon Patton WR 5-9 167 Mobile, AL (Murphy H.S.)
Joshua Shaw CB 6-3 186 Palmdale, CA (Palmdale H.S.)
Ian Silberman OL 6-5 260 Orange Park, FL (Fleming Island H.S.)
Jaylen Watkins CB 6-0 174 Cape Coral, FL (Cape Coral H.S.)
 
Signed National Letter of Intent in February 2010
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Gideon Ajagbe LB 6-2 197 Coconut Grove, FL (Ransom Everglades School)
Mack Brown RB 5-11 190 Lithonia, GA (King H.S.)
Adrian Coxson WR 6-2 195 Baltimore, MD (City College High)
Jonathan Dowling S/WR 6-4 185 Bradenton, FL (Southeast H.S.)
Quinton Dunbar WR 6-3 170 Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington H.S.)
Chris Dunkley WR 5-11 170 Pahokee, FL (Pahokee H.S.)
Dominique Easley DT 6-3 270 Staten Island, NY (Curtis H.S.)
Sharrif Floyd DT 6-3 311 Philadelphia, PA (George Washington H.S.)
Chaz Green OL 6-6 290 Tampa, FL (Tampa Catholic H.S.)
Darrin Kitchens LB 6-3 215 Homestead, FL (Homestead H.S.)
Michael McFarland TE 6-6 230 Tampa, FL (Blake H.S.)
Tyler Murphy QB 6-2 190 Wethersfield, CT (Wethersfield H.S.)
Ronald Powell DE 6-4 250 Moreno Valley, CA (Rancho Verde H.S.)
Cody Riggs CB 5-10 165 Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.)
Michael Taylor LB 6-1 213 Atlanta, GA (Westlake H.S.)
Lynden Trail DE 6-7 220 Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington H.S.)
Travon Van ATH 5-11 200 Lemon Grove, CA (Helix H.S./Milford Academy)

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Gideon AjagbeGideon Ajagbe
Linebacker
6-2 • 197
Coconut Grove • Ransom Everglades School

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A dual threat that played running back and linebacker at Ransom Everglades ... A three-star prospect and rated No. 25 outside linebacker according to Scout.com ... During his senior season, rushed for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense ... had 96 tackles, seven sacks, 17 pass deflections, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries on defense ... Was an FSWA Second-Team All-State selection in 2008 ... Racked up 57 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and two sacks on defense, and 1,354 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns offensively as a junior ... Chose Florida over Florida State, Boston College, North Carolina, South Florida and UCF ... Coached by David Hewett.

Neiron BallNeiron Ball
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
6-3 • 196
Jackson, GA • Jackson H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Rated the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com and the No. 19 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com ... Named first-team All-State defensive line in Georgia class AAA for 2009 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Recorded 104 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and forced seven fumbles his junior season ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina ... Coached by Mike Parris.

Mack BrownMack Brown
Running Back
5-11 • 190
Lithonia, GA • King H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Named a four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 12 running back by Scout.com ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Rushed for over 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior and a senior ... Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee ... Coached by Corey Jarvis.

Trey BurtonTrey Burton
Quarterback
6-3 • 214
Venice • Venice Senior H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 18 dual-threat quarterback in the country ... Led Venice to a 9-2 record as a senior ... Passed for 772 yards with six touchdowns and rushed for 494 yards in 2009 ... Completed 100 of 160 pass attempts for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns, along with 1,173 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior ... Was named to the 2008 FSWA 5A All-State first-team and named the Team MVP and All-Area first-team ... Threw for 1,318 yards with 13 touchdowns and rushed for 708 yards and nine touchdowns in 2007 as a sophomore ... Chose Florida over USF, West Virginia, Miami and FSU ... Coached by John Peacock.

Adrian CoxsonAdrian Coxson
Wide Receiver
6-2 • 195
Baltimore , Md. • City College High

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect who was rated the No. 19 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com ... Ranked No. 20 in the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Had over 1,280 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns and 650 yards passing and eight touchdowns as a wildcat quarterback in 2009 ... Averaged 12.08 yards per carry as a senior and had four games over 200 yards rushing ... Finished junior season with 40 catches for 987 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Selected first-team all-city and second-team all-metro in 2008 ... Chose Florida over Georgia, Maryland, Penn State and West Virginia ... Coached by George Petrides.

Gerald ChristianGerald Christian
Tight End
6-3 • 232
West Palm Beach • Dwyer H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 2 tight end in the country ... Participant in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Helped lead Dwyer to the Florida Class 4A State Title in 2009 with a 14-1 record ... Had 367 receiving yards on 21 catches and three touchdowns as a senior ... Totaled over 170 tackles his final two years at Dwyer ... Named to 2008 All-Area First Team ... Chose Florida over Miami, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, FSU ... Coached by Jack Daniels, a UF alum.

Robert ClarkRobert Clark
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner
5-9 • 161
West Palm Beach • Dwyer H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a three-star wide receiver by Rivals.com and a three-star cornerback by Scout.com ... Had 30 catches for 664 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior as Dwyer finished with a 14-1 record and won the Florida Class 4A State Title ... Had one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and an interception in the 4A State Championship game against Niceville ... Named All-Area first-team in 2008 after recording 50 tackles and four interceptions ... Chose Florida over Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, South Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin ... Coached by Jack Daniels, a UF alum.

Jonathan DowlingJonathan Dowling
Safety
6-4 • 185
Bradenton • Southeast H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Ranked No. 5 safety in the country by Scout.com ... Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Recorded 58 tackles, 14 picks, two returns for touchdowns and 3 blocked punts during his senior season ... Also had 241 yards receiving and five touchdowns as a senior ... Had 48 tackles, eight pass deflections and 14 interceptions during his junior season ... Named 4A FSWA All-State in 2008 ... Also ran track in high school ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and South Florida ... Coached by Paul Maechtle.

Quinton DunbarQuinton Dunbar
Wide Receiver
6-3 • 170
Miami • Booker T. Washington H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 24 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com ... Had over 500 yards receiving as a senior ... Caught 39 passes for 703 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season ... Named All-Dade First Team wide receiver in 2008 ... Received FSWA 4A All-State Honorable Mention in 2008 ... Chose Florida over Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, Purdue, Rutgers and UCF ... Coached by Earl Tillman.

Chris DunkleyChris Dunkley
Wide Receiver
5-11 • 169
Pahokee • Pahokee H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a five-star prospect and No. 8 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com ... Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Finished his junior season with 50 catches for 500 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Named 2008 All-County Offensive Player of the year ... Was named to the FSWA 6A Second-Team All-State in 2008 ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Georgia, Miami, West Virginia and Michigan ... Coached by Blaze Thompson.

Dominique EasleyDominique Easley
Defensive Tackle
6-3 • 270
Staten Island, NY • Curtis H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a five-star prospect and No. 2 defensive tackle in the country by both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Was named the MVP for the black team in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America first-team defense ... Led team to 2009 Public Schools Athletic League Championship ... Made 53 tackles, 16 sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception which was returned for a touchdown during his senior season ... In the 2009 playoffs alone, he recorded six sacks and 26 tackles ... Racked up 51 tackles, 10 sacks, and one interception and returned 2 fumbles for touchdowns as a junior ... Chose Florida over Rutgers, Oregon, Penn State, Maryland, Boston College and Georgia ... Coached by Pete Gambardella.

Matt ElamMatt Elam
Safety
5-10 • 199
West Palm Beach • Dwyer H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A five-star prospect rated the No. 1 safety and the No. 10 overall prospect in the nation according to Scout.com ... Played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Selected the Gatorade Player of the Year and named Mr. Football for the state of Florida in 2009 ... Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America first team as an all-purpose player ...Named a 2010 Parade High School All-American and No. 12 on the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Rushed for 1,883 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, including 918 yards and 13 touchdowns as he led Dwyer to a 14-1 record and the 4A State Title ... Rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the 2009 state title game against Niceville ... Selected the Palm Beach County Player of the Year in 2008 and was an FSWA first-team all-state selection ... Racked up over 200 tackles, including 38 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks in his final two years at Dwyer ... Also rushed for 435 yards with four touchdowns and had 758 receiving yards with nine touchdowns as a junior ... Chose Florida over Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia ... Coached by Jack Daniels, a UF alum.

Sharrif FloydSharrif Floyd
Defensive Tackle
6-3 • 311
Philadelphia, PA • George Washington H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a five-star prospect and No. 1 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... Selected as the Maxwell Football Club’s national high school player of the year in 2009 ... Participated in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Named a 2010 Parade High School All-American ... Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America first-team defense ... Named the Daily News Public League Player of the Decade and to the Daily News All-Decade team ... Selected as the 2009 Public League Player of the Year and named to the All-City Football Team by the Daily News ... No. 9 on the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Named to the First-Team All-Combine at the U.S. Army All-American Combine ... Totaled over 50 tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for losses during his junior season despite being bothered by an ACL tear for part of the season ... Chose Florida over Boston College, North Carolina, Ohio Sate, South Carolina, Miami, USC and Penn State ... Coached by Ron Cohen.

Chaz GreenChaz Green
Offensive Line
6-6 • 290
Tampa, Fla. • Tampa Catholic H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect who was rated the No. 6 offensive lineman in the nation according to Rivals.com ... Played in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Led Tampa Catholic to 2009 Florida 2B Runner-Up finish and an 11-2 record ... Helped pave the way for a team that rushed for over 3,000 yards in 2009 ... Named FSWA 2A all-state second-team in 2008 as a junior ... Chose Florida over Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and USC ... Coached by Bob Henriquez.

Jordan HadenJordan Haden
Safety
6-2 • 202
Fort Washington, MD • Friendly H.S.

Video Highlights

A true freshman who enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect and rated the No. 12 safety in the nation by Rivals.com ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Had 62 tackles and three interceptions as a junior ... Also rushed for 283 yards with three touchdowns and had 151 receiving yards with a touchdown during his junior season ... Brother, Joe, played at the University of Florida ... Chose Florida over Georgia, Illinois, LSU, UNC, Rutgers and Virginia Tech ... Coached by John Morgan.

Darrin KitchensDarrin Kitchens
Linebacker
6-3 • 215
Homestead, Fla. • Homestead H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A three-star prospect who was rated the No. 41 outside linebacker in the nation to Scout.com ... Recorded 48 solo tackles, 18 sacks and 24 tackles-for-loss in 2008 ... Has been timed at 10.9 in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200 meters and also recorded a long jump of 22’11” in track ... Chose Florida over Florida State and Michigan ... Coached by Bobby McCray.

Michael McFarlandMichael McFarland
Tight End
6-6 • 230
Tampa • Blake H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a four-star prospect and No. 12 tight end in the country by Scout.com ... Played quarterback during his high school career as well, passing for 308 yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... Finished his junior season with 10 catches for 120 yards and two scores ... Added 100 yards on the ground and had 155 passing ... Earned All-League as well as some All-Area honors ... Chose Florida over Auburn, Boston College and South Carolina ... Coached by Harry Hubbard.

Tyler Murphy
Quarterback
6-2 • 190
Wethersfield, CT • Wethersfield H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... Accounted for more than 30 touchdowns with 1,100 passing and 1,100 rushing during his career as a dual-threat quarterback at Wethersfield ... Won the triple jump at the State Open Track Meet with a jump of 46’7” ... Coached by John Campanello.

Leon OrrLeon Orr
Defensive Tackle
6-5 • 344
New Port Richey • Gulf H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect rated the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... Also played tight end in high school ... Was invited to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game but could not participate while recovering from a broken leg ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Chose Florida over Florida State and Miami ... Coached by Jay Fulmer.

Solomon PattonSolomon Patton
Wide Receiver
5-9 • 167
Mobile, AL • S S Murphy H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 36 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... Participant in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando ... Played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game ... Had 30 rushes for 371 yards and three touchdowns and caught 71 passes for 891 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Also averaged 38.8 yards on five kickoff returns as a senior ... Recorded 845 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior season in 2008 ... Was named to the ASWA All-State 6A first-team in 2008 ... Hauled in 66 receptions for 950 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss ... Also ran track in high school ... Coached by Ronn Lee.

Ronald PowellRonald Powell
Defensive End
6-4 • 250
Moreno Valley, CA • Rancho Verde H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a five-star prospect, the No. 1 defensive end and the No. 1 overall prospect by Rivals.com ... Totaled 60 tackles and 13 sacks on defense and six touchdown receptions as a tight end during his junior season ... Named a 2010 Parade High School All-American ... Participated in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America first-team defense ... Named No. 11 on the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Totaled over 80 tackles, 13 sacks, 28 tackles for losses on defense and averaged over 15 yards per catch on offense during his senior year ... Nominated for U.S. Army Player of the Year award ... Clocked as low as 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... Chose Florida over Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Tennessee, UCLA and USC ... Coached by Pete Duffy.

Cody RiggsCody Riggs
Cornerback
5-10 • 165
Fort Lauderdale • St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a four-star prospect and No. 9 cornerback in the country by Scout.com ... Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Recorded 25 tackles, picked off eight passes and batted down an Aquinas team record of 24 others during his senior season ... Received Honorable Mention for defensive backs by the U.S. Army National All-Combine ... Had 25 tackles and 8 interceptions during his junior season ... Also ran track in high school ... Chose Florida over Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and South Carolina ... Coached by George F. Smith.

Joshua ShawJoshua Shaw
Cornerback
6-3 • 186
Palmdale, CA • Palmdale H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 3 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com ... Was an outstanding two-way player at Palmdale, leading them a 10-3 record and the third round of the state playoffs in 2009 as a senior ... Participant in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Named a 2010 Parade High School All-American ... Selected to the 2009 EA Sports All-America second-team defense ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Recorded 50 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked field goals and one interceptions as a senior ... Also passed for 2,279 yards with 18 touchdowns and rushed for 921 yards with 14 touchdowns ... As a junior, he totaled 40 solo tackles, six tackles-for-loss and four interceptions ... He also had 27 receptions for 443 yards and 133 rushing yards on just five carries ... Earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section, All-Golden League and first-team All-Los Angeles County in 2008 ... Chose Florida over LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC and Washington ... Coached by Jeff Williams.

Ian SilbermanIan Silberman
Offensive Line
6-5 • 260
Fleming Island • Fleming Island H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star recruit and eighth-ranked offensive tackle according to Rivals.com ... Participant in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Saw limited action at defensive end as a senior ... Led Fleming Island to a 10-2 record in his senior season, advancing to the FHSAA Regional finals ... As a junior, was named to the FSWA 4A All-State Second Team OL, All-Area First Team and First Team All-County ... Chose Florida over Auburn, LSU and USC ... Coached by Jeff Webb.

Michael TaylorMichael Taylor
Linebacker
6-1 • 213
Atlanta, GA • Westlake H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a four-star prospect and No. 3 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com ... Named the White Team MVP in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game ... Finished his junior season with 160 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, eight fumbles caused, five sacks and three fumbles recovered ... Earned All-League Honors ... Chose Florida over LSU, Miami, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech ... Coached by Gregory Minnis

Lynden TrailLynden Trail
Defensive End
6-7 • 220
Miami • Booker T. Washington H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a four-star prospect and No. 7 weakside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com ... Recorded 77 tackles, 14 sacks and two interceptions during his junior season ... Named FSWA 4A Second Team All-State in 2008 ... Recorded 95 tackles, a league high of 22 sacks, picked off two passes and batted down a school record 15 passes during his senior season ... Earned All-League honors in 2009 ... Participated in the 2009 Aloha Prep Bowl ... Also played track and basketball in high school ... Chose Florida over LSU, Florida State, Purdue, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and USC ... Coached by Earl Tillman.

Travon VanTravon Van
Athlete
5-11 • 200
Lemon Grove, Cali. • Helix H.S./Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.)

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com who has played running back and defensive back ... Spent a semester at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., after graduating from Helix High School, the same high school that produced Reggie Bush and Alex Smith ... Named the 2009 Offensive MVP at Milford Academy ... Rushed for 315 yards with six touchdowns and had 289 receiving yards with three touchdowns in his lone year at Milford ... As a senior at Helix HS, he rushed for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Played for head coach Bill Chaplick at Milford and head coach Troy Starr at Helix.

Jaylen WatkinsJaylen Watkins
Cornerback
6-0 • 174
Cape Coral • Cape Coral H.S.

Video Highlights

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010 ... PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A dual threat who played quarterback and defensive back at Cape Coral ... The No. 4 cornerback prospect according to Scout.com ... Participant in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... Named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine ... Led Cape Coral to an 11-1 record in his senior season, advancing to the FHSAA 4A Regional semifinals ... Passed for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 928 yards with 10 touchdowns ... Also had 29 receptions for 461 yards and five TDs ... Named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 16 Player of the Year in 2009 ... Tallied 71 total tackles with 36 solo, three interceptions and a fumble recovery a junior, while also rushing for 329 yards and five touchdowns and passing for 419 yards and another five touchdowns as a part time quarterback ... Named All-Area first-team and FSWA 5A second-team All-State in 2008 ... Ran track at Cape Coral and advanced to the 4A Track Championships in the 4x100 relay ... Chose Florida over Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and Wake Forest ... Coached by Mike Goebbel.

Photos courtesy of Scout.com

2010 University of Florida Signing Day Notes

  • The University of Florida football team had 11 student-athletes enroll in January 2010, the highest number in school history.
  • The 2010 signing class includes nine players from the South Florida area (Dade, Palm Beach and Broward Counties). In the previous five signing classes combined (2005-09), UF totaled 11 signees from the same area.
  • The Gators continued to be a factor on the national stage, signing 12 players from out of state in 2010. Players in the 2010 class are from Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Georgia (3), Maryland (2), New York and Pennsylvania.
  • For the fourth straight year, UF signed a player from the state of California and for the third straight year the Gators signed a player from Alabama. It marked the second-straight year a player from Maryland and Connecticut signed with Florida.
  • Of the 12 high school players rated as five-star recruits by ESPN, Florida has signed four. The Gators signed 11 of the top 50 players according to ESPN. Overall, the Gators signed 17 players from the ESPNU 150 list of players.
  • Florida signed four players from the 2010 Parade High School All-America team: Matt Elam, Sharrif Floyd, Ronald Powell and Joshua Shaw. The Gators have signed 23 Parade All-Americans under Urban Meyer (2005-10). UF signed 18 Parade All-Americans between 1999-2004.
  • DT Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington) was named the 2009 National High School Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.
  • Early enrollee Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens/Dwyer) was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Football for the state of Florida.
  • Florida signed both teams’ MVPs from the 2010 Under Armour All-America Football Game: DE Dominique Easley was the MVP for the black team and LB Michael Taylor was the MVP for the white team. The Gators also signed DE Ronald Powell, the MVP from the 2010 U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
  • Four signees won state championships as seniors in high school. UF signed three players from Dwyer High School, Florida’s 4A state champion team: Gerald Christian, Robert Clark and Elam. Dominique Easley and Curtis High School won the 2009 Public Schools Athletic League championship in New York.
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