7 Gators report to UF campus

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.

On Saturday, D.J. Humphries was a high school star playing on national television in the Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.

Two days later, he was just another college freshman trying to find his way on the Florida campus.

It's happened fast, going from high school standout to college freshman for Humphries and six other members of the 2012 UF recruiting class who begin classes this week as early enrollees.

Humphries is a five-star recruit from Charlotte, N.C., who will have a chance to compete for playing time this spring at offensive tackle, where the Gators lack depth.

Six other members of the recruiting class also will get an early jump on the other incoming freshmen who will arrive this summer. The other early enrollees are cornerback Willie Bailey, offensive lineman Jessaman Dunker, defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (a junior college transfer), linebacker Antonio Morrison, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and defensive tackle Quinteze Williams.

Four of the early enrollees are from out of state — Humphries, Jacobs, Morrison and Williams.

The true freshman who may have the easiest time adjusting is Pittman, the North Marion star who has been on the UF campus many times over the past two years and already knows many players on the team.

Overall, the Gators have 19 commitments and the class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Rivals. With UF still in the running for several elite prospects, the Gators have a chance to put together the nation's No. 1 class on Feb. 1.

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