Visit a hit for Texan

Published: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 10:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 10:59 a.m.

Urban Meyer's reputation for having a wide receiver-friendly offense apparently is spreading across the nation.

A week after the Gators received an oral commitment from one of the top wide receivers in the state of New York, one of the best in Texas also cast his lot with Florida on Sunday.

David Nelson, a highly rated prospect from Wichita Falls, Texas, orally committed to Meyer at the conclusion of his weekend visit to UF on Sunday morning.

The Gators also received oral commitments Sunday from Jacksonville First Coast linebacker Ryan Stamper (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), Miami Coral Reef safety Dorian Munroe (6-0, 185) and Apopka defensive back Eric Sledge (6-3, 190).

All three prospects visited Gainesville this weekend and had earlier committed to other schools - Stamper to Auburn, Munroe to Florida State and Sledge to South Carolina and Steve Spurrier.

Nelson had UF at the top of his list since Meyer took over at Florida and the new Gator ball coach started recruiting Nelson.

Nelson committed to the Gators despite a late push from home state Texas, where his father started his college career before transferring to Texas Arlington.

The Longhorns offered Nelson a scholarship late last week, but it wasn't enough to sway him to Austin.

"I knew this is where I wanted to be," Nelson told "I'm a Gator."

Nelson is the third wide receiver to pledge for the Gators, joining Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Nyan Boateng (who committed to UF last Saturday at the Army All-Star Game in San Antonio, Texas) and St. Petersburg Lakewood's Louis Murphy.

Nelson told that Meyer is the reason he chose the Gators.

"I love him," Nelson said. "He's a great guy, a great family man. He is so fired up about Gator football and you can tell he's committed to winning championships here."

Nelson's family accompanied him on his official visit to UF.

Nelson is a big UF commitment - literally. The 6-6, 200-pound Nelson caught 50 passes for 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season and caught 40 passes his senior season and was considered one of the top prospects in Texas. He was invited to last Saturday's Army All-Star game.

Nelson was one of 15 prospects visiting UF over the weekend.

National signing day is Feb. 2. Oral commitments are nonbinding.

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