Gators flip Tampa Jefferson's Porter

Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

Last Monday, Deiondre Porter was committed to South Florida and had no recruiting trips scheduled.

One week later — he's a Gator.

The Tampa Jefferson athlete was offered by Florida and Miami last week and promptly set up official visits to both schools. He also decommitted from the Bulls.

But after spending this past weekend in Gainesville, Porter felt no need to go see the Hurricanes.

He was sold on UF.

“I was looking for a school that fit my character,” he said. “I'm a football guru, and I want to be surrounded by other football gurus. Florida is a football-based school. They also have great academics, and graduating from college is a main priority for me.”

Porter announced his decision Monday on the Bright House Sports Network, choosing the Gators over UCF, UM and USF.

UF is recruiting the consensus three-star prospect as an athlete. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder will likely end up at receiver or defensive back.

Whatever position Porter plays, he knows he'll have a chance to contribute.

“The Florida coaches play the best players,” he said. “They don't care if you're a freshman or a senior. If you know the system and you're a baller, you'll get on the field.

“They told me I have an opportunity, and I'm going to take it. That just gave me motivation. I'm going to grind hard these next few months so I'll be ready when I get there.”

With the addition of Porter, the Gators have landed a commitment in seven of the last eight weeks. They now have 21 members in their 2014 class and four more scholarships available.

Philadelphia (Pa.) Martin Luther King offensive tackle Dontae Angus is at risk of not qualifying academically and will likely have to attend a prep school, his coach told The Sun. Florida stopped recruiting him in late November.

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