Florida Gators: Trent Harris

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ESPN 300 defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) committed to Miami (Fla.) on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete announced his decision on a live webcast with the Orlando Sentinel. The No. 114-ranked player in the country also had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Florida, among many others.

Harris said he was relieved to make his decision.

"It's a big relief now," he said on the webcast. "I just want to go play football now."

The four-star end admittedly grew up a Florida fan, but he said the Hurricanes presented a better opportunity for him.

"It was difficult," he said. "That was my dream as a kid. But I grew up and I got to realize what's going to help me the most in my future and that's the University of Miami.

The Hurricanes are picking up an explosive pass rusher.

"Harris is a prospect with some good natural tools," his Recruiting Nation scouting report reads. "He has the ability to explode off the ball and good things can come with that. Can be a tough run defender and with some development and refining can be a disruptive pass rusher. Lacks in ideals in some areas, but initial quicks and strength will catch attention and could allow him to be a very productive college defender. "

The Hurricanes have 24 commits, including 10 in the ESPN 300. Miami is No. 7 in the RecruitingNation class rankings. Harris will join Miami Booker T. Washington teammates Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson as defensive end commits for the Hurricanes.

UF's Friday Night Lights preview 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Friday Night Lights at Florida is arguably the premier one-night camp in the country. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer started the event with great success and Will Muschamp has continued to make it a top destination for high school recruits. This year, as in years past, the Gators will bring in some top prospects from across the country. Here's a closer look at what to expect on Friday evening.

Several top prospects expected

Recruiting status check: Florida 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Spring evaluations are over, summer camp has finally concluded, and the Gators have to consider the past two months a recruiting success.

The Gators have landed four commitments over the last month and have positioned themselves nicely for a host of other top prospects. Here's a closer look at how the Gators recruiting efforts are taking shape.

Commits

Three-star TE C'yontai Lewis (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge)
Committed: May 23

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), a new ESPN 300 member, has narrowed his list of schools to six.

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound athlete said Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Vanderbilt are his final six schools.


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ESPN 300 analysis: Florida Gators 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators finished with the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the country last year and are again off to a hot start for the 2014 cycle. Six of Florida's 10 verbal commitments are in the new ESPN 300 rankings.

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Running back Dalvin Cook (No. 22), who rushed for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, continues to lead the way for Florida commits. Cook was previously committed to Clemson before making the switch to UF in early April.

Record-setting quarterback Will Grier dropped eight slots from No. 45 to No. 53, but will have a chance to improve his ranking with a strong performance at the Elite 11 camp at the end of the month.

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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

May, 17, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

rrush9289: What's the latest with the buck position board? Hearing positive things about Lorenzo Carter and other guys.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It's time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we've received, we won't be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

ga8or22: Is it just me or are the Gators lagging behind last year's commits? I know they are just 17- or 18-year-olds, but a number of them are comitting to teams that have no room for them without much apparent thought.


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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

Sean CareyLove: I know Sony Michel is committing soon and he states he has known where he wants to go. What are UF's chances?


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Five stories to watch: Orlando NFTC 

March, 15, 2013
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Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.


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GatorNation: Recruiting mailbag 

March, 8, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It’s time to dip into the GatorNation recruiting mailbag and answer your questions. Because of the amount of questions we’ve received, we won’t be able to get to all of them today -- but we encourage you to post your questions on our Insider fan forum, The Chompions Club.

kendallland1: How firm is Will Grier's commitment, and do you expect it to stick?


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Harris talks Bama, nearing decision 

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Whether he likes it or not, Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) has become one of the top prospects in Florida.


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