It appears that former Gainesville High linebacker Kevin Nelson is still upset with the Florida Gators.
In an interview with The Miami Herald, the Miami signee described Florida coaches as “grimy, two-faced and disrespectful,” after he said he wasn’t allowed into the Gators’ locker room after a game in 2009 even after former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes invited him.
While other recruits flooded the Gators locker, Nelson was shown the door for apparently being a ‘Canes commitment at the time.
Nelson went on to tell The Herald that Florida coaches told him, “Miami hasn’t won any ACC championships since going to the ACC, and that Randy Shannon is going to leave after this year, and that I might not get any playing time.”
Calls to Nelson by The Gainesville Sun were not immediately returned Friday.
Last May, Nelson told The Sun, “It would be great (playing at UF). I think about playing for (the Gators).”
Nelson grew up rooting for both Miami and Florida, but extinguished his Florida allegiance after committing to Miami last July. He even was quoted as saying that he hoped for a UF-UM national championship last season in hopes that the ‘Canes would avenge their 2008 loss in Gainesville.
As a senior at Gainesville High, Nelson was one of the more sought-after linebackers in the state. He recorded 125 total tackles, including tackles for loss, caused two fumbles and blocked a punt. Rivals.com rated him the 14th-best linebacker nationally. Florida extended an offer to him, but talks between the two slowed after his Miami pledge.
Not to be outdone was Nelson’s GHS teammate and Miami cornerback Devont’a Davis, who was not offered by Florida.
Davis told The Herald, “it offended me (Florida) didn’t make an offer because I’m the best cornerback in Florida and live down the street.” For the record, Davis recorded 75 tackles and seven interceptions in 2009, but was unranked by Rivals and listed as a three-star athlete. Scout.com rated him as the 114th-best corner prospect and a three-star athlete.
While both are still bothered by Florida’s actions, they both could get a chance at redemption in 2013 when the teams are set to meet in Miami. Then again, both could meet in a bowl game if the stars align just right.