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'14 DB Dawson commits to Gators

January, 8, 2013
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CROSS CITY, Fla. -- ESPN Watch List defensive back Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County) has verbally committed to Florida. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound junior chose the Gators over in-state rival Florida State.

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Derek Tyson/ESPNWatch List DB Duke Dawson committed to UF's 2014 class, citing a great relationship with coaches.
Dawson announced his decision at a ceremony held at his high school Tuesday afternoon.

The talented 2014 safety said his relationship with the Florida program is what ultimately persuaded him to choose the Gators.

"For one, I have felt the love there since day one and things haven't changed since," Dawson said. "I love talking to Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson), Coach [Will] Muschamp, Coach [Bryant] Young, Coach [Jeff] Dillman and the rest of them."

Dawson's comfort level with Florida started after receiving his first official scholarship offer at Florida's camp during the summer.

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FSU game to be big recruiting weekend 

November, 17, 2011
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On the field the Florida Gators have struggled to a 5-5 record. Off of the field is a different story. Florida has a top-five recruiting class according to ESPNU, and the Gators are bringing in a host of top prospects to watch them take on in-state rival Florida State.

Headlining the list of visitors on Thanksgiving weekend is Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel athlete Stefon Diggs. Diggs is ranked the No. 2 athlete in the country by the ESPNU 150, but the Gators are recruiting him as a wide receiver. This unofficial visit to Florida will be his first to Gainesville since his standout performance at Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp in late July.

Four-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins (6-3/245, Hamilton, Ga./Harris Co.) will be making the trek down to Gainesville for an official visit. The Gators are recruiting Jenkins to play the Buck position, which is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. Jenkins, who is ranked the No. 5 defensive end in the country in the ESPNU 150, is favoring Alabama slightly over Florida.

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