Meyer scratches Sutton from wish list


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Urban Meyer had to scratch Chaz Sutton for academic reasons.

Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:32 p.m.

Delete one name from Florida's commitment list for the football recruiting class of 2008.

Chaz Sutton, a four-star defensive end from Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins High School, is not on target to meet some academic requirements set down by UF and will not be signing with the Gators on Feb. 6, Sutton told Rivals.com on Monday.

Sutton was one of the first prospects to commit to the 2008 class, giving his pledge back in the summer along with teammate Franklin Green, a running back. Green backed out of his commitment a month ago due to academic issues.

Now, without a UF offer, Sutton has scheduled a visit to South Carolina this weekend. Sutton is still working to become academically eligible.

The Gators now have 21 commitments and are hoping to finish with a signing class of 23.

The two players UF is waiting on are Lakeland Kathleen wide receiver T.J. Lawrence and Hoover, Ala., defensive end/linebacker William Green.

Green visited UF two weeks ago and returned home saying he would not take any more visits. That has changed. Green now plans to visit Alabama this weekend.

Lawrence has concluded his visits and is expected to announce his decision on signing day. Along with UF, he's also considering South Carolina, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

Another Lakeland-area player who is committed to the Gators, Lake Gibson offensive lineman Ricky Barnum, is still being hotly pursued by at least one other school. New Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez visited Barnum last week. Barnum's coach, Keith DeMyer, has told the Lakeland Ledger the player is still committed to

UF.

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