Florida received its first bad news of National Signing Day before any Letters of Intent were even faxed.
Tuesday night Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer defensive end Curt Maggitt shocked many when he verbally committed to Tennessee. Maggitt was considered by most to be a Gator lock before Urban Meyer resigned. That didn’t change much after his resignation, and it seemed as though Florida was back at the top after his official visit over the weekend when he hung out with former teammates Matt Elam, Gerald Christian and Robert Clark.
However, he told Rivals.com he felt more at home with the Volunteers.
“After talking to my brother, my dad and my coach, I did what was best for me,” Maggitt told Rivals. “And Tennessee is best for me.”
Maggitt, whom Rivals rates as a three-star prospect, signed a LOI to UT a little after 11 a.m. at Dwyer High.
“It feels good,” Maggitt told Rivals. “It’s a big relief. It was a great process to go through. I enjoyed and and I got to get to meet a lot of great people. But it’s nice to have a decision. Now, I can focus on working out. I have worked out with my brother (who plays at Iowa State) and some other college players so I have an idea of the college pace of workouts. I am focused on getting bigger, faster and stronger. I want to be the best and that’s what drives me.”
Florida’s second bit of bad news came early Wednesday morning when Traverse City, Mich., West offensive tackle Jacob Fisher signed with Oregon. Most thought the Gators might be a long shot, and the consensus was that he might stay close to home.
Eugene, Ore., isn’t close to home, but Fisher does have ties there.
Florida needed another lineman, so this is a bit of a hit to the class. It might have been expected, but it’s a hit nonetheless.