Gators land ESPN 300 running back Adarius Lemons

The 149th-ranked player in the ESPN 300, Adarius Lemons, flipped his commitment from North Carolina to Florida on Sunday, just two days after visiting the Gators for their Friday Night Lights camp.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound prospect from Clearwater (Florida) High School had been committed to the Tar Heels since March. Lemons also held offers from Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan, Miami Tennessee, LSU and many others.

The four-star back said it was a family decision to switch his commitment.

“Really, I committed to Florida because of my family, it’s because of them,” Lemons said. “I want them to see me and the transportation, with the condition my family is now, it would probably be hard for them to come out and watch me perform if I am far away.

"Sometimes, even now, my mom sometimes struggles to even get to the home games, so I just have to know my struggles and know how my situation is and help my family the best way I can, that way they can still see me play football.”

Lemons, the 15th-ranked back in the country, also said he felt at home during his trip to Gainesville this weekend.

“One thing about Florida that I really like is just like the people and the fans they really do care about the Gators. Like I told coach Skip (Tim Skipper), I didn’t think people really knew of me, but when I was there I felt like I was at home, it just felt amazing."

The Gators continue to overhaul their offensive skill players. Since Jim McElwain took over as head coach the Gators have signed or gained commitments (2017 class) from 13 ESPN 300 or ESPN JC 50 prospects.

Lemons was the second commitment to come out of their Friday camp. South Florida linebacker James Houston also gave his pledge to the Gators shortly after the camp ended. With the addition of Houston and Lemons, Florida now has 12 commits including five which are ranked in the ESPN 300.