Coxson released by UF

Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.

Florida's football team lost another member of its highly touted 2010 recruiting class Thursday.

After team spokesman Steve McClain confirmed Thursday that freshman wide receiver Adrian Coxson had requested and been granted his release from UF in order to be closer to home, Coxson said that he was leaving UF because “everything wasn't working out” for him.

Coxson said he spoke with Maryland's coaching staff after getting his release and will now transfer to Maryland.

When asked what his specific reason for transferring was, Coxson replied “I'd rather not say.”

Coxson then added: “It wasn't really the best place for me as a player,” he said. “It just wasn't right.”

The former Baltimore, Md., City College High receiver was rated a four-star prospect by and the 35th-best receiver in the country last year.

Coxson was a part of a recruiting class that signed five wide receivers. With Coxson gone, Florida now has 11 scholarship receivers on its roster.

Per NCAA rules, Coxson will have to sit out a year at Maryland because he took summer classes at UF, but said he felt Maryland was the best choice for his collegiate career.

“I can come in and show what I can do,” Coxson said of playing at Maryland. “It's a real good college is the main difference. That and football.”

Coxson said he will use his first year at Maryland to “get better” and make sure he gets the opportunity to play during the 2011 season.

“I am going to improve everything,” he said, “every part of my game.”

Coxson is the second freshman to leave Florida's program this week. Safety Jordan Haden, brother of former All-American cornerback Joe Haden, was granted his release Monday. Haden was also from the state of Maryland.

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