Gators pick up LB help

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 12:29 a.m.
Florida scored a key recruiting victory Tuesday night when Orlando Evans linebacker Brandon Siler orally committed to the Gators at the end of an in-home visit with UF coach Ron Zook.
"We had a nice visit with coach Zook, and Brandon committed," Siler's mother said in a late Tuesday telephone call. "Brandon is going to Florida."
Linebacker is a critical need for the Gators, and Siler is the first linebacker to commit to the Gators, picking UF over Tennessee and Maryland.
UF now has oral commitments from 13 prospects.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Siler's stock has risen dramatically since he was named the MVP of the recent Florida-California All-Star Game.
He played several positions at Evans, including tight end and defensive end, but is considered one of the best outside linebacker prospects in Florida. That's the position he'll play at UF.
Siler had been leaning to the Gators since visiting UF two weeks ago. He visited Tennessee this past weekend and said he told Zook on Tuesday night that he's going to be a Gator and will sign with UF on Feb. 4.
In other recruiting news, Melbourne Palm Bay wide receiver Xavier Carter has eliminated Florida State and Miami and will choose between Florida and LSU. He is expected to have an announcement Sunday night or Monday. He visited UF this past weekend and is considered the top wide receiver prospect in the state.
Also, Hawthorne wide receiver Marcus Baker, a teammate of top quarterback prospect Cornelius Ingram, will make an official visit to Florida this weekend.

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