Monday, November 19, 2012
Weekend Rewind: Florida
By Derek Tyson
Despite not having many visitors for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Florida Gators will still consider this a successful recruiting weekend.
The Gators filled what potentially could be a big hole on the defensive line with the verbal commitment of Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi Community Colege) on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman, who originally signed with Florida State out of high school, switched his pledge from Ole Miss to Florida after taking an official visit to Florida this weekend.
Cummings said he has matured since his time at FSU.
"Florida will get A player with high energy that's never going to give up, that's going to always play for his teammates," he said. "A player that's going to put it on the line every game, every down for 60 minutes and four quarters. I'm a more mature player and I have my eye set on winning and everyone's goal is to make it to the next level."
With the addition of Cummings, the Gators now have 21 verbal commitments. Cummings joins four-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) as Florida's other defensive tackle commit.
In addition to the Cummings commitment, the Gators are now squarely in the lead for ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson). The Under Armour All-American said he has a top three, in order, of Florida, Clemson and Syracuse.
"I definitely like Florida right now," Ogundeko said. "Then I like Clemson, they are a great school. I'm going there next weekend. Then probably Syracuse. I like them a lot, they are winning so far. They are in the in-state team and I'd have an opportunity to play early there."
The Gators also hosted big offensive tackle Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military) for an unofficial visit on Saturday. Brown had Florida as his leader going in to the visit.
The Gators are now up to 21 verbal commitments and continue to hold down the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country.