2006 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SIGNEES
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 4:10 p.m.
Cornerback • 5-10 • 175
Fort Myers, Fla.
PREP: Caught 26 passes for 575 yards (22.1 yards per reception) with six touchdowns as a senior…Completed a 78-yard pass for a touchdown in a 52-0 win over Lemon Bay his senior year…Posted a season-high six catches for 51 yards against Riverdale in a 39-7 loss…Totaled 114 receiving yards on two catches in a 33-18 loss to North Fort Myers early in his senior season…High school coach was Gregory Baloga…Team captain for varsity football and basketball teams…Also lettered in baseball and track and field at Dunbar High School…PERSONAL: Mother is Antonette Anderson…Nicknamed “Number 1 Stunna” by friends and teammates, representing his jersey number (1) in high school…First name pronounced “Mar-key.”
Nose Guard • 6-0 • 271
PREP: Rated as the No. 2 defensive lineman in Texas and No. 16 national prospect regardless of position according to Scout.com…Also considered the No. 20 overall prospect according to Rivals.com…Listed as the No. 19 prep player in the Dallas Morning News All-Area team…Was a unanimous choice for first-team Class 5A all-state honors in 2005…Team captain and MVP as a senior…Had 54 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble as a junior…Threw the shot put and discus for the Garland track and field squad…Considered an excellent run stopper…Chose Florida over Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Southern Cal…PERSONAL: Voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best Dressed in his senior class…Member of the Unity Council.
Offensive Lineman • 6-5 • 305
Berkeley Preparatory School
PREP: Four-year starter on the offensive line at Berkeley Preparatory School…A top-30 prospect by Rivals.com…Helped the Buccaneers average 300-plus yards of offense per game…Team captain as a senior…Has a background in weightlifting…Selected Florida over 34 other Division I scholarship offers…PERSONAL: Both parents are Florida graduates…Was denied the chance to play youth football when he was seven due to his overwhelming size compared to other 7-year-olds…Started playing football in sixth grade.
Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 205
Central Catholic HS
PREP: First team all-state at wide receiver and free safety his junior and senior seasons…Holds Florida state records for punt and kickoff return yards…Considered the sixth-best athlete in the country according to Rivals.com…Three-time all-county selection…Had 103 tackles as a senior with five interceptions, giving him 20 for his career…Team captain his senior season…Caught passes in seven games totaling 34 receptions for 572 yards and seven scores…Picked off nine passes as a senior and accumulated 15 over the span of his final two prep seasons…Caught 32 passes for 982 yards and 15 scores his senior season…Totaled 128 tackles from the free safety position as a junior…Averaged a state-record 30.6 yards per catch as a senior…Also played baseball and is considered the nation’s No. 2 Major League Baseball prospect according to Baseball America…Chose Florida over Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Southern Cal…PERSONAL: Father, Larry, played baseball at Oklahoma State.
Linebacker • 6-4 • 210
Stone Mountain, Ga.
PREP: Recorded 25 sacks as a senior at Stephenson High School…Was a team captain and helped lead his team to state semifinals as a senior…Was averaging as many as 15 tackles and three sacks per game at one point his senior season…Sealed the win for Stephenson in its 6-0 victory over archrival Southwest DeKalb in 2005 with a pair of quarterback hurries on fourth downs in the fourth quarter…Posted over 20 sacks as a junior at linebacker.
Linebacker • 6-0 • 209
Live Oak Suwannee HS
PREP: Played football, basketball and ran track at Hamilton County before transferring to Live Oak Suwannee as a senior…Rated as the No. 26 linebacker in the country according to Scout.com…Participated in the CaliFlorida Bowl following his senior year at Live Oak Suwannee and was considered one of the best linebackers to participate in the game…On the second play of the game in Suwannee’s 33-14 loss to Raines, he made a 64-yard touchdown catch on a trick play…Recorded 77 tackles as a junior with 12 tackles for loss as a junior…Chose Florida over Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee.
Wide Receiver/Quarterback • 6-0 • 195
PREP: Rated as the No. 3 wide receiver prospect in the country according to Scout.com…Selected to participate in the 2005 U.S. Army All-Star game…Also competed in the CaliFlorida Bowl…Was a team captain and helped lead Hillsborough to an undefeated regular season and a region semifinal appearance….Passed for 883 yards and ran for 936 yards and 22 touchdowns…A three-year starter…Led Hillsborough to a 21-20 win over Armwood High School as a senior to end the Hawks' 29-game winning streak…Threw for 900 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a junior…Scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a quarterback roll-out draw in the Terriers’ 29-28 win over Jefferson to cap an undefeated regular season…Also rushed for 800 yards with 24 touchdowns, giving him 35 total touchdowns as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia.
Offensive Line • 6-6 • 280
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas
PREP: Three-year starter at St. Thomas Aquinas…Played guard and tackle on the offensive line during his prep career as well as doubling on the defensive line…Moved over to offense following his sophomore season…Selected to participate in the 2006 CaliFlorida Bowl…Was a member of the varsity basketball team and competed in the shot put and discus throws for the track and field squad…Chose Florida over Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Miami (Fla.)…PERSONAL: Brother, David Walker, was a defensive lineman at Iowa who completed his eligibility following the 2005 season.
Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 182
Virginia Beach, Va.
PREP: Considered the nation’s top wide receiver prospect by Scout.com following his four-year career at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va….Listed as the nation’s top recruit according to rivals.com and Scout.com also listed Harvin as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in 2006…Earned Parade All-American honors as a senior…Selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game…Named the 2004 National Junior of the Year by Rivals.com…Is the only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field championships…Finished his prep career with 75 catches for 1,313 yards with 14 touchdown receptions…Also rushed for 504 yards and 13 additional scores during his senior season…Recorded a total of 33 touchdowns as a senior…Caught 58 passes for 1,016 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 17 touchdowns while rushing 68 times for 726 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns as a junior en route to helping lead Landstown to Group AAA state championship…Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Beach District and Eastern Region in 2004...Recorded four punt returns for touchdowns as a junior…Captain of varsity basketball and football teams…Chose Florida over Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Southern Cal.
Defensive Tackle • 6-5 • 310
PREP: Rated as the No. 28 lineman in the country according to Scout.com…Selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game…Committed to Florida on June 20, 2005, as a Father’s Day surprise…Played in the trenches on both sides of the ball at Oviedo High School…Listed as one of the five finalists for Gatorade’s Florida Player of the Year Award in 2005…Recipient of the Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis “Army of One” Award for the East, which is given to one player from each squad at the U.S. Army All-American Game who best epitomizes the Army’s high standards of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction …Recorded 64 tackles, including 29 solo efforts, as a junior despite playing in only four games due to an injury…High school coach was Greg Register…Chose Florida over Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and LSU…PERSONAL: Parents are Randy and Cynthia Hobbs…Father, Randy, played one year of varsity football at the University of North Carolina…Father grew up as a Gator fan.
Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 195
PREP: Rated as the No. 3 safety prospect in the country according to Scout.com…Considered the No. 13 athlete in the country according to Rivals.com…Listed as No. 22 on the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100…Participated in the U.S. Army All-American All-Star game…Listed as No. 5 on the Florida Postseason Top 100 Hot List on Scout.com…Caught eight touchdown passes as a senior on offense and recorded 80 tackles with five interceptions on defense…Recorded 83 tackles and 10 pass break-ups as a junior…Three-year team captain for football…PERSONAL: Favorite player is Charles Woodson.
Offensive Lineman • 6-3 • 344
A true freshman offensive lineman who enrolled at UF in January of 2006…PREP: Three-year starter on both sides of the line at Baldwin High School…Considered by several recruiting services and news publications as one of the top 30 prospects in the state of Georgia…Was a team captain and helped lead Baldwin to its deepest playoff run in school history, reaching the state championship game in 2005…As a junior, had 37 pancake blocks and registered 50 tackles with three sacks…Chose Florida over Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Oklahoma…PERSONAL: Nicknamed “The Big Hurt” by friends and teammates.
Running Back • 5-7 • 175
St. Augustine, Fla.
St. Augustine HS
PREP: Ran for 900 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a senior at St. Augustine High School en route to leading the school to its first-ever Class 3A state championship…Was a team captain on that state championship squad…Also returned kicks and punts during his prep career…Earned first-team all-county (St. Johns) and first-team all-conference honors as a senior…Chose Florida over Auburn, Louisville, Penn State and South Carolina…PERSONAL: Half-brother is Jacques Rickerson.
Offensive Lineman • 6-6 • 335
A true freshman offensive lineman who enrolled at UF in January of 2006…PREP: Rated as the No. 6 offensive lineman in the country according to Scout.com…Listed as the No. 3 national offensive guard prospect according to Rivals.com…Earned Parade All-American status as a senior…Selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game… Named Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina in 2005…Played on the offensive line in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl, helping lead the Tarheel State to a 28-24 win…Three-year starter on the offensive line at Southern HS…Nicknamed “Pancake Man” by his high school teammates and coaches…Recorded 97 pancakes his senior year and 90 as a junior…Chose Florida over Florida State, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia.
Linebacker • 6-2 • 192
PREP: Finished his senior season with 116 tackles and six sacks after leading Hillsborough County in tackles in 2004 (170)…Listed at No. 27 on the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Top 100 list and No. 13 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Rivals.com…Forced an early fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown in Middleton's 31-29 win over Freedom during his senior season…Had 16 sacks as junior…Named First-Team All-Hillsborough County at Linebacker by the Tampa Tribune as a senior…Named First-Team All-Suncoast Linebacker by the St. Petersburg Times as a senior…The Tampa Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a junior…Also played running back…Had offers from a number of schools such as Ohio State and Southern Cal.
Defensive End • 6-5 • 260
PREP: Had 91 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, and five forced fumbles as a senior at Josey High School…Team went 0-10 as a senior…Named first-team all-region at offensive tackle as a junior…Also named all-area defensive end…Had 79 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and eight sacks as a junior…Team captain as a senior…Also playing basketball as a senior…High school coach was Barney Chavous…Also had interest from Auburn, Georgia, Maryland and Notre Dame…PERSONAL: Mother is Eileen Christian…Born Jan. 11, 1988…Wore number 80 in high school…Member of the Health Club and Peer Advocate Group…Participated in the American Legion Boys State program as a junior for his participation in his local, county and state government.
Cornerback • 6-0 • 176
PREP: Totaled 36 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions (both returned for scores) as a junior…Named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-District 16 team as a senior…Played wide receiver, kicked and punted for a 6-4 Lely High School team that reached the semifinals of the Class 3A-Region 4 semifinals…Has only played football four years…Also a track and field star at Lely High School, winning the Class 4A state titles in the long jump and triple jump as a junior…Chose Florida over several schools, including West Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio State… PERSONAL: Native of Haiti and his mother still lives there…Last name pronounced “Pierre-Loo-ees.”
Tight End • 6-4 • 250
PREP: Two-way player for four seasons at Jefferson High School…Ranked in the top-40 of the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Top 100 prospects list…Rated as the No. 17 national tight end prospect according to Rivals.com…Was considered an extra offensive lineman in the team’s offensive scheme…Had 10 sacks as a junior and led the Dragons to the Class 3A state championship game, Jefferson's second title game appearance in three years…Considered Florida State, South Florida, Oklahoma, Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss and Kansas…PERSONAL: Father, John Pupello, was an offensive lineman at UF from 1974-76…Last name pronounced “Pooh-pell-oh.”
Cornerback • 5-10 • 180
St. Augustine, Fla.
St. Augustine HS
PREP: Rated as the No. 23 defensive back in the country according to Scout.com…Totaled 62 tackles, eight interceptions and two touchdowns on defense as a senior…Also scored two special teams touchdowns and had three blocked punts his senior season…Named second-team all-state after his final season at St. Augustine High School…Had 27 catches for 318 yards and six touchdowns as a senior…Also had 45 tackles and eight interceptions and returned one kick for a touchdown…Was a team captain and helped lead school to first-ever state championship (3A) and 15-0 season…Selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl…Ran fourth-fastest 40-yard time among DB at Miami Nike Camp (4.41)…Scored nine touchdowns as a junior (four receiving, one rushing, two interceptions returned and two kick returns)…Also blocked three punts as a junior…Named second-team all-state (3A) as a junior…Averaged 22 ppg in basketball as a junior and was a regional qualifier in the long jump as a sophomore…Played for coach Joey Wiley…Chose Florida over Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia…PERSONAL: Half-brother is Brandon James…Cousin is Jamar Hornsby…First name pronounced “Jock-kwez.”
Cornerback • 5-11 • 168
PREP: Two-sport athlete in high school, playing football and baseball…High school coach was former Gator football player John Clifford…Considered one of the nation’s top prep baseball prospects for the upcoming 2006 MLB draft in June…Is a switch-hitting outfielder who possesses great speed…PERSONAL: Lifelong Florida fan…Cousin of former Gators Mike and Ricky Nattiel.
Defensive Tackle • 6-2 • 298
PREP: Ranked in the top-50 of the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Top 100 list…Rated as the No. 26 defensive line prospect according to Rivals.com…Suffered an injury during his senior season that forced him to miss game action for several weeks…Four-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Southeast High School…Named second-team all-state as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Miami (Fla.).
Linebacker • 6-4 • 230
PREP: Four-year starter at linebacker and defensive end for Crest Senior High School…Listed as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina in 2006 by Rivals.com…Considered the No. 13 linebacker prospect by Rivals.com…Rated as the No. 6 overall prospect in the country according to Scout.com…Selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game…Was a team captain and totaled 74 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions as a senior…Moved to linebacker sophomore season and stayed there ever since…Lost 30 pounds from his playing weight as junior…Helped lead Crest High School to the North Carolina state semifinal round as a senior…Posted 98 tackles, including three sacks, seven interceptions and forced five fumbles from his linebacker position…Chose Florida over Alabama, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
Quarterback • 6-3 • 225
St. Augustine, Fla.
A true freshman quarterback who enrolled at Florida in January of 2006…PREP: Earned 2006 Parade All-American honors…Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game and CaliFlorida All-Star Game…Back-to-back first-team 3A (2004) and 4A (2005) All-State selections at quarterback…Threw for 9,940 yards and 95 touchdowns as a four-year starter at quarterback for Nease High School…Rushed for 3,169 yards and 63 scores in his prep career…Set the Florida state record with 4,286 yards passing his junior year…Was a team captain and helped lead Nease to a 13-2 record as a senior en route to leading the school to its first-ever Class 4A state championship…In the state championship game, he was involved in a state championship game record 54 offensive plays (27 passing, 27 rushing) and was involved in six touchdowns in the contest, also a state championship game record…Owns the Florida state prep football records for total offense (12,960), career passing yards (9,940), touchdowns (159) and completed passes (631)…Also owns single-season state records in total offense (5,552), passing yards (4,286), touchdown passes (46) and total touchdowns (70)…Also played baseball and basketball at Nease…Chose Florida over Alabama…PERSONAL: Born Aug. 14, 1987…Parents are Bob and Pam Tebow…Both parents went to Florida…Youngest of five children…Traveled to the Philippines three-straight summers with his father on mission trips…Was home-schooled.
Safety • 6-2 • 192
PREP: Rated as the No. 11 safety prospect in the country according to Scout.com…Named to the Class 3A all-state third-team defensive squad by the Florida Sports Writers Association…Totaled 1,300 yards receiving with 10 touchdown catches as a senior…Added 93 tackles with three interceptions on defense as a senior…Was a team captain and blocked three kicks and returned three other kicks for touchdowns on special teams during his final prep season…Also ran track during his high school days at Zephyrhills High School…Earned fourth place at the Class 2A state track championship in the 400-meter dash (49.08)…Caught two touchdowns in a 41-21 loss to Mitchell during the 2004 season - three days after he could barely walk from a knee injury…Returned three interceptions for touchdowns, including one for 92 yards against Hernando and another 99 yards against Gulf…Also had two 99-yard punt returns for touchdowns…High school coach was Tom Fisher…Chose Florida over Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Running Back • 5-11 • 185
Fort Myers, Fla.
A true freshman running back who enrolled at UF in January of 2006…PREP: Named Fort Myers News Press 2005 Offensive Player of the Year…Dual-sport star at Riverdale High School, playing football and running track…Led all area backs in rushing (2,027 yards) and touchdowns (31)…Also caught 16 passes for 234 yards and another score…His 2,027 rushing yards as a senior with 31 touchdowns led Riverdale into a second-round playoff berth…Ran for 199 yards and five touchdowns, as host Riverdale outlasted an offensive awakening from Estero in a 46-22 win during his senior campaign… Scored the winning touchdown in overtime against North Ft. Myers, where he rushed for 139 yards and two scores in Riverdale's 21-14 win…Carried the ball 299 times for 1,505 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior…Chose Florida over LSU, Auburn, Georgia and Michigan…PERSONAL: Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica…Moved with his family to Lehigh Acres in 1997…Graduated from Riverdale High School in December 2005...Never played football prior to his freshman year of high school.
Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 183
Charlton County HS
PREP: Rated as the No. 15 national wide receiver prospect according to Rivals.com…Was a team captain and helped lead Charlton County High School to the state championship as a senior…As a junior, caught 39 passes for 810 yards and 11 touchdowns at wide receiver and posted 33 tackles and five interceptions at cornerback…Returned two INTs for touchdowns his junior season…Scored on an 81-yard fumble return that helped secure the Indians' victory in the 2004 Class AA championship game…State champion in the 400m as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Georgia and LSU…PERSONAL: Helped swear in Folkston (Ga.) Mayor William F. Staeger on Jan. 19.
Running Back • 6-2 • 198
PREP: Listed as the No. 16 national running back prospect according to Scout.com…Named to the 2006 Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 list, coming in at No. 16…Rated as No. 9 on the Dallas Morning News Area Top 100… Started for three years at tailback for Horn High School…Rushed for 1,672 yards with 17 touchdowns as a senior…Rushed for 1,499 yards on 152 carries and 13 touchdowns as a junior…Had 223 yards rushing in Horn’s 14-10 win over Jesuit High School in 2005, one of only four wins for the Jaguars as they finished 4-6…Also considered Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
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