Trinity Christian trio make commitments 

January, 9, 2014
Jan 9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A trio of Jacksonville Trinity Christian underclassmen decided to announce their college destinations on Thursday morning. ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Kendrick Norton made his pledge to the national champion Florida State Seminoles, while 2015 safety Deontai Williams gave his pledge to Florida. Sophomore running back Jalin Buie joined in on the action by giving his commitment to Auburn.

Norton said his comfort level with FSU was a primary reason for his decision.

"I just felt the most at home there,” Norton said. "They are the school that recruited me the hardest. All of my family is up there and that’s where I’m from so it was just very comfortable for me.”

Deontai Williams, Kendrick Norton, Jalin Buie
Derek Tyson/ESPNDeontai Williams, Kendrick Norton and Jalin Buie have committed to Florida, FSU and Auburn, respectively.
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound athlete, who’s the No. 118-ranked 2015 player in the country, can play either offensive guard or defensive tackle on the next level.

"I prefer defensive line and that’s what they are recruiting me for,” Norton said, "but they said I could play either side of the ball.”

Florida, meanwhile, received a surprise Thursday morning when, ESPN 300 cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy) announced that he would enroll at Florida on Monday. The Gators got more good news when Williams, too, joined the Gators.

Williams, who also held offers from Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Memphis, decided to end the process early.

"I’ve been a Florida fan since a very young age,” the hard-hitting safety said. "I grew up as a Florida fan. I bleed orange blue so that’s why I committed to Florida. Their season didn’t matter. I bleed orange and blue.”

Buie, a 2016 prospect, said he was impressed with how Tre Mason was used in Auburn’s offense and could see himself in a similar role.

“Well really I just felt comfortable with coach [Gus] Malzahn,” Buie said. “He runs the ball a lot and his offense does a lot of what we do. They run a lot of dives and I like how they use their running backs.”

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Jeffery Holland, the No. 8-ranked junior in the country, has narrowed his choices down to six: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama and UCLA.

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