Gators lose out on walk-on kicker

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It’s wasn’t the end of the world, but Florida would have definitely liked to have picked up Naples Barron Collier kicker Marvin Kloss and a few days ago it seemed like a done deal for both parties.

The St. Petersburg Times first reported Kloss was expecting to walk-on to Florida’s football team and was only waiting for UF’s admission to clear him. He had already earned a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, which would have paid for 75 percent of his tuition, so it seemed as though we’d be seeing him kicking out on Florida’s practice field this summer.

Originally, Kloss was offered a grayshirt by South Florida, meaning he wouldn’t be able to report until January of 2011. Getting a chance to walk-on and compete at Florida interested him more, so he decided to take that path.

“If they can get me in, I’m going up there,” Kloss told the Times. “I want to play right away, and they’re a lot better (than USF) scholarship-wise with just one kicker and one punter on scholarship.”

But that all changed after a conversation with Florida interim head coach/offensive coordinator Steve Addazio on Wednesday. According to the Times, Addazio told Kloss it would be “hard to get me in” to UF this fall. With those simple words, Kloss decided to accept a walk-on offer from USF, meaning he won’t immediately be on scholarship, but he’ll be able to compete for a starting job in the fall.

“It wasn’t that hard a decision,” Kloss said. “I thought about it, sat down with my coach and my parents, and overall, I just had a better feel about USF.”

Punter Chas Henry will be a senior this fall, while place kicker Caleb Sturgis will be a junior. Luckily for the Gators, with less glaring needs for the 2011 class, Florida shouldn’t mind giving a scholarship out to a punter this year.

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