NCF On The Trail: Deiondre Porter

Three-star recruit commits to Gators

January, 20, 2014
The Florida Gators landed their 21st commitment on Monday evening as three-star prospect Deiondre Porter (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson) gave his pledge to the Gators.

Porter, who took an official visit to Florida over the weekend, announced his decision on local television station Bright House Sports Network.

“For the next three or four years, maybe five, I will be playing for a national championship, hopefully for three or four years, at the University of Florida,” Porter said on the telecast.

Porter admitted it has always been his dream to play at Florida, and in the fall he will have that chance.

"You watch them on TV all the time, and I think everybody knows when you say University of Florida, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, you are going there?’" Porter said. "And for the head coach -- not just the position coach but the head coach -- to offer me a full ride, it was an honor for me and I’m just glad I have the opportunity to go play football there."

Porter originally committed to South Florida, but when Florida and other schools such as Miami, Wisconsin and UCF started showing interest, the talented athlete opened up his recruitment. It didn’t last long, however. Just a week after the Gators offered, Porter made his pledge to Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

Porter could help Florida in many ways. As a senior, he threw for 3,199 yards and 33 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,499 yards and another 20 touchdowns.

The Gators now have 21 verbal commitments in their 2014 class, including 12 ranked in the ESPN 300.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 20, 2014

The dead period is over, and this was the first of three official visit weekends remaining before national signing day on Feb. 5. Several top prospects visited SEC schools, there were some commits, and there will be a few announcements this week. Here’s a closer look at the latest recruiting news from around the SEC:

Biggest commits: Georgia is already feeling the effects of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs were able to land two ESPN Junior 300 commitments, Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School) and Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), over the weekend.

Athletic QB Porter picks South Florida

June, 19, 2013
The Bulls landed a commitment Wednesday from Deiondre Porter (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson), a high school quarterback who could play corner for at South Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Coastal Carolina, Iowa State and Samford also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-1, 167-pound prospect.

Last fall, Porter threw for 2,276 yards (61 percent), 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and rushed for 400 yards and five scores.

Additionally, this spring he displayed the athleticism necessary for a move to the defensive backfield. He registered an electronically-timed 4.67 40-yard dash and 36.9-inch vertical at a Nike Combine.

USF has eight pledges for 2014.