Texas twosome decide on LSU
Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2005 at 11:32 p.m.
The day after returning from their official visit to Gainesville, two top prospects from Texas have decided to play their college ball a little closer to home.
Running back R.J. Jackson and wide receiver Brandon La Fell - from different high schools in Houston - announced at a news conference Monday night that they will sign with LSU on national signing day Wednesday.
La Fell picked the Tigers over the Gators, while Jackson also was strongly considering Florida and Texas, which made a late push.
UF's chances of landing La Fell had been considered good, but, in the end, he decided to follow his close friend Jackson to Baton Rouge.
"It's close to home and (LSU) said they are only signing one wide receiver," La Fell told Scouts.com. "With my boy R.J. going there, it made my decision easy. The distance factor and depth is what it came down to."
Both prospects had an abbreviated visit to UF over the weekend due to weather delays.
The Gators are hoping the news is better on signing day, when several key prospects remaining on their board will make their decisions.
Pensacola Washington linebacker Jon Demps, Roanoke, Va., linebacker Daryl Gresham, Pahokee running back Antone Smith, Fork Union Military Academy wide receiver Derrick McPhearson and Orlando Edgewater offensive lineman Matt Hardrick all are still considering the Gators and will announce their decisions Wednesday.
UF also remains in the running for Miami Norland defensive end Richard Gordon, Bayonne, N.J., linebacker Jerome Hayes and Morganton, N.C., defensive back Jordan Hemby.
Two prospects who committed to UF and Ron Zook back in the summer - Lauderdale Lakes-Boyd Anderson linebacker Gerald Williams and Sunrise Piper defensive lineman Vladimir Richard - are no longer UF commitments and likely will sign with Tennessee on Wednesday.
The Gators currently have oral commitments from 16 prospects, the latest coming Sunday night from Daytona Beach Mainland tight end/defensive end Brian Ellis, who will join high school teammate and standout defensive back Avery Atkins at Florida.
Oral commitments are non-binding.
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