Last push for recruiting


Dominique Easley was named MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game in early January.

Damion Reid/The New York Post
Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 11:45 p.m.

Florida coaches and commitments used their time wisely over the weekend.

With this being the final major recruiting weekend in Gainesville, the goal was to educate the pledges and sway the uncommitted.

Getting the most attention was Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Chaz Green. Originally considered a Florida lean, Green turned most of his attention to Tennessee this past fall. However, with coach Lane Kiffin departing for Southern Cal, Green's interest in Tennessee took a considerable hit.

With a prime opportunity to make up ground on Green, Florida coach Urban Meyer put one of his best recruiters on Green.

"I try to recruit anybody that's good," Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end commit Lynden Trail said.

"I just let (Green) know how great of a school Florida is. Academically, we're sound. You don't really have to talk about the (Gator) Nation. And our performance on the field is always one of the best in the nation."

Trail even tried recruiting Green's parents.

"I told them that if I were going to leave my child in somebody's hands for the next four years, leaving him in Urban Meyer's hands is like (leaving him with) not a regular coach," he said. "He's more than a coach. He's a family guy, great husband. He's got a great family, he's family-oriented, which makes everybody comfortable."

Accompanying Green was Tampa Catholic receiver Christian Green. After finally getting more time to speak with Florida's coaches and interact with them off the field, Christian Green said Florida has pulled even at the top with Florida State and Georgia.

"They are all around the same right now," Christian Green said. "I'll probably know here in the next couple of weeks what I want to do. Right now, I'm fresh off the visit so (Florida is) pretty good right now.

"Florida gets its athletes in space and I feel like if you can get me in space that's where I can do things with the ball."

Chaz Green and Christian Green, no relation, are four-star prospects ranked in Rivals.com's top 100.

Two other official — and uncommitted — visitors were Tampa Leto safety Jeremy Deering and Homestead linebacker Darrin Kitchens. Deering could be used on offense as well, while Kitchens figures to be an option for Florida's final linebacker spot.

Winter Park Lake Howell linebacker Christian Jones, whom Rivals ranks as the fifth-best linebacker nationally, visited unofficially. Jones has more interest in the Gators after their recent commitments from top prospects.

Delray Beach Atlantic receiver James Louis made a surprise visit to Gainesville. The Ohio State commit was courted by Florida early, but both sides drifted apart. The Gators are still looking to sign at least one more receiver in this class.

The weekend was used for relaxation and reacquainting for committed prospects.

When he wasn't recruiting Chaz Green, Trail was with defensive lineman commit Dominique Easley. Trail said he's always been impressed with Easley, but he's especially excited about playing with Philadelphia George Washington defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Trail said he played with the 6-foot-3, 310-pound Floyd in an all-star game in Hawaii.

"This is the easiest position that I could play in because Sharrif takes up not two but three people coming," he said. "When we're in the game, the center, the right guard and the left guard have to block him all at one time. I know that for the next four years, he's going to be bringing two to three blocks which will set me and (defensive end) Ronald Powell free."

With Floyd, Easley and Powell ranked as three of the best defensive prospects in the nation, Trail said Florida's future line will be a nuisance for teams.

"We're going to be a class to be reckoned with for the next four years," he said.

Easley, a former Penn State commit, was just happy to get back to Gainesville.

"I always wanted to be a Gator and now I'm where my home is," he said.

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