Grace Pledges To UF

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 2:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 2:43 p.m.

The Gators continued to fill their needs with the commitment of Ed White (Jacksonville) cornerback Dawayne Grace. Grace, who was in Gainesville over last weekend, will be reuniting in Gainesville with former high school teammate Dee Webb. Dawayne is a shutdown corner that has the physical attributes (6'1 running a 4.4 40 and possessing a 40 inch vertical) to be able to lock on any receiver the opposing team can run out there. His excellent hands and instincts also make him a guy capable of making that big play when his team needs it. In today's Times-Union, Ed White coach Dan Disch had high praise for Grace, "Athletically, he's capable of anything." Disch also went on to say how much fun it'd be to see Grace and Webb in the same collegiate secondary.

After graduating its entire secondary, Florida has wasted no time reloading this recruiting season. Grace is the 4th defensive back to pledge for the Gators. Kyle Jackson, arguably the top safety prospect in the entire nation, and Tony Joiner, who starred in the CaliFlorida Game and is a top southeast prospect, will compete for immediate playing time in place of departing seniors Daryl Dixon and Guss Scott. While, Grace and McIntosh Nicolas, the fastest prospect in America this year, will attempt to fill the shoes of Keiwan Ratliff and Johnny Lamar. Grace also marks the 6th commitment in less than a week from the Gators' first major recruiting weekend this recruiting year.

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