Gators land top recruits

Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.

Florida interim head coach Steve Addazio is showing he can close on a recruiting pitch with the best of them.

At Saturday's Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Dominique Easley, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Curtis High in Staten Island (N.Y.) picked Florida even though it wasn't a school on his list of top choices.

Addazio recruited Easley, who is the No. 11th-ranked defensive end in the country by Easley decommitted from Penn State on Wednesday.

Easley said he wanted to play with "the best of the best.''

Florida was stung earlier this week when running back/defensive back Matt Elam decommitted and picked Florida State, in part because of UF coach Urban Meyer's decision to take a leave of absence for health reasons. But Easley's decision should help calm UF's list of 20 commitments.

A player who some thought was having second thoughts about his earlier decision to come to UF was coveted wide receiver Chris Dunkley of Pahookee. Dunkley said Saturday at the Under Armour game that he's sticking with his decision to play for the Gators.

Dunkley (6-0, 177 pounds, 4.35 in the 40), who had also considered Alabama, said he has completed the necessary course work to graduate early and plans to enroll in time to participate inUF spring practices. He is rated the nation's No. 2 receiver by ESPNU.

UF currently has the nation's No. 1 rated recruiting class, with 13 recruits on ESPNU's Top 150 list.

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