Waiting game: NFL decision time for Harvin, Spikes

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.

Decision time is at hand for Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin and middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.

The two star juniors have until midnight today (Thursday) to announce whether they will be entering the NFL draft or returning for their senior season.

Rumors abound about the two, but Harvin and Spikes have not revealed much since the BCS Championship Game a week ago.

Harvin told Sun Sports on Sunday that he was leaning toward remaining at UF, but at least one family member has said that Harvin plans to enter the draft, where he is projected to be a possible top 25 pick.

Spikes remained in south Florida after the national title game to spend some time with his family and discuss his decision.

Spikes received information from the NFL that the highest he likely would be taken is the second round. This is a draft that is considered top-heavy with linebacker prospects.

Spikes,a first-team All-America, told some of his teammates last week that he plans to return for his senior season, but he apparently is holding off an announcement until the final day for underclassmen to declare for the draft.

If Spikes elects to stay at UF, the Gators will return all 11 starters on defense.

UF coach Urban Meyer said after Sunday's national championship celebration that he was confident Spikes and Harvin would make good decisions based on extensive and sound research.

Quarterback Tim Tebow announced Sunday that he was returning for his senior season. Even if Harvin and Spikes decide to leave, the Gators likely will enter the 2009 season as the nation's No. 1 team and a strong contender to return to the BCS Championship Game, which is in the Rose Bowl.

In other news, as expected, reserve quarterback Cameron Newton, tossed from the team in November after his arrest for felony theft, has decided to enroll at a junior college, with the hope of being recruited by major colleges following the 2009 season.

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