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More Gator prospects who never were

1/25/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here are some more Florida players who were under consideration for inclusion in the 10 Who Never Were …

S Dee Finley, Auburn, Ala./Auburn High School, 2008 -- He was a USA Today second-team All-American and participated in the Under Armour All-American Game. He failed to qualify and enrolled in prep school. He eventually enrolled at UF and was moved to linebacker. He was a reserve who never made an impact on the field. He was suspended for the 2011 Tennessee game after his arrest for driving with suspended license and misdemeanor resisting arrest without violence. He left the team shortly thereafter.

QB Luke Bencie, Sarasota, Fla/Riverview High School, 1991 -- Bencie was a Parade All-American, and National High School Recruiting Service named him the No. 2 overall prospect in nation among QBs who combined throwing and running ability and the No. 3 overall player in Florida. He was an honorable mention All-American by USA Today. SuperPrep ranked him among top 10 players in the south. The Sporting News ranked him among top 10 quarterbacks. He never played a down at UF.

LB Taurean Charles, Miami/Northwestern High School, 2002 -- One of the bigger flameouts in recent memory. He was a National Bluechips All-American, and that publication ranked him among the nation’s top 15 strongside linebackers. He also was a SuperPrep All-American, and that publication ranked him among nation’s top 25 linebackers. He was a PrepStar All-American, and that publication ranked him among Southeast’s top seven linebackers. He was runner-up for Class 6A state Player of Year in 2001 after leading the state with 31 sacks. He redshirted in 2002 and played in 11 games in 2003. In June 2004 he was suspended for entire season after being charged with punching student in head, throwing him off a deck and throwing a beer keg at him. He served four days in jail and eventually was kicked off team in March 2005 and transferred to Bethune-Cookman College.

WR Deonte Thompson, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central High School, 2007 -- He was a blazing speedster who played in the U.S. Army All-American Game. One recruiting service ranked him the No. 3 receiver prospect in the state. He never developed into anything more than a role player and earned a reputation as having bad hands. He finished his career with 101 catches for 1,446 yards and 9 TDs.

QB/LB Antwan Chiles, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons High School, 1991 -- National High School Recuriting Service ranked him the No.1 athlete and No. 2 outside linebacker in country. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named him among top 30 prospects in nation, and USA Today named him an honorable mention All-American. He never lettered.

DT Torrey Davis, Seffner, Fla./Armwood High School, 2007 -- Several recruiting websites listed him among the top two prospects in Florida. He played in the U.S. Army All-American game after recording 16 sacks as a senior. He played in 11 games in 2007 and made his only real contribution to the program when he made tackles on back-to-back plays -- including for a 2-yard loss on fourth down -- in BCS the National Championship game against Oklahoma after 2008 season. He was plagued by academic trouble and two off-the-field legal issues (driving with suspended license, alcohol possession) and eventually left the program in March 2009.

DT Steve Scoggins, Apopka/Fla./Apopka High School, 1987 -- Scoggins was a Parade All-American, and The Sporting News ranked him among top 100 recruits. He played on the 35-man Florida Super Senior Squad that played Georgia in all-star game after having 100 tackles as a senior. He never lettered at UF.