Valdez Showers commits to Gators
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
For Valdez Showers, his college decision ended up being easier than expected.
Living in Michigan his entire life and playing cornerback at Madison High in Madison Heights, Mich., Showers dreamed of playing at the next level away from home.
Showers took a crucial step toward making that dream a reality when he verbally committed to the University of Florida on Wednesday afternoon. Showers said he called head coach Urban Meyer and delivered the news of his intentions on becoming a Gator, causing Meyer to get "real fired up" about it.
Showers, whom Scout.com ranks as the country's ninth-best corner prospect, is the 15th verbal for Florida in its 2011 class and the fourth defensive back commit for the Gators.
"Growing up as a little kid, I never wanted to stay in state and I always wanted to get away from home," Showers said. "I was talking to coach (Meyer) about it and we decided it'd be a great experience (to play at Florida).
"I prayed about it and God gave me my answer."
The 6-foot, 185-pound Showers first gained attention in June at one of Florida's summer camps. Sporting bright, yellow and black cleats, he lit up the field with his speed and showed excellent skill at corner during drills.
That trip to Gainesville, with his mother, was the first and only time he visited UF, but it was all he needed. Showers said he likes how Florida is "well-rounded" when it comes to academics, coaches, exposure and football tradition.
Showers' mom backed his decision to pick Florida, but he said his father was unsure about it at first. His desire was to have his son play for a Mid-American Conference school. Showers said things have smoothed over and both are happy with his choice
Showers said he was intrigued by Florida's depth at corner, especially with senior Moses Jenkins leaving and the possibility of junior Janoris Jenkins leaving early for the NFL Draft. Showers thinks he'll be able to make an impact early at Florida if given the opportunity.
"As long as they give me chance to compete, I'll be able to prove myself," he said. "I'm ready for it."
Michigan State was Florida's top competition, but Showers said getting out of Michigan swayed him in the end.
"It's a whole new experience," he said. "I've been living in Michigan my whole life so I'm ready for a change."