Harris, Brown enroll at UF

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Two Florida signees who have a chance to contribute in 2013 are getting a month and a half head start.

Orlando Dr. Phillips safety Marcell Harris and Milledgeville Georgia Military College offensive tackle Trenton Brown reported to UF over the weekend and begin classes this week for the Summer A semester. Both players were scheduled to be early enrollees in January, but they weren’t able to finish their credits before the spring registration deadline.

Harris was an Under Armour All-American and a member of the Rivals100 and ESPN150. He’s the son of former Florida safety and Buchholz alum Mike ‘Mud’ Harris, who played for the Gators from 1994-1997.

Harris is hoping to start as a freshman at one of the safety spots. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun).

“His abilities are a little bit better than mine were,” the elder Harris said. “Marcell has the potential to be as good as any other safety that’s come through the University of Florida.”

UF coach Will Muschamp has spoke highly of Harris during his speaking tour this month and expects him to compete for a starting job in fall camp.

“Marcell has been preparing himself to play as much as possible,” his father said. “I’m very proud of him. It’s just exciting that he’ll be playing where I used to play at. The biggest joy a parent can have is to see their kid go down a similar path. The good thing about it is I can tell him what to expect in college. I think it’s going to be fun, especially for him.”

Brown was the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation according to Rivals.com and ranked 34th overall in the ESPN Junior College 100. He’s also aiming to crack the starting lineup in 2013.

“By the end of the year, I have a goal set to be a starter,” Brown said. “I really just want to have a good first season. It’s a blessing for me to finally be here. I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. It’s time to grind.”

Brown couldn’t qualify academically for any Division-I program out of high school and had trouble staying in shape during his junior college career. The 6-foot-8 lineman said he still has naysayers who question his academic and athletic abilities. Their doubts continue to drive him.

“There’s a lot of people back home,” Brown said, “that didn’t think I would make it this far and they feel like I can’t cut it at a place like Florida. That’s going to keep me level headed and in the right state of mind. I was 383 pounds two months ago and I’m down in the 350-range now. So I’ve been working hard and I’m ready to prove people wrong.”

Walk-on quarterback Chris Wilkes, who pitched five years of minor league baseball before deciding to pursue a football career in March, also enrolls this week. The rest of the 2013 signees will report in late June.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Glad to hear that these 2 are dedicated enough to get a head start and hopefully will earn some early playing time… I can’t wait to see the mad genius of Coach Dillman does when he gets him into the weight room

  2. Exciting times in their lives and I am happy for both young men. Trenton obviously needs to learn to be more professional about his craft…383lbs 2 months ago… You’ve never worked harder or been pushed further than what you’re about to experience. Naysayers are the wrong motivation; challenge yourself and make dominating that challenge your new lifestyle! Good Luck!

  3. Do not forget Trenton Brown is 6′ 8″ and will not be easy at 330 to 350 lbs for defensive linemen to move or get around. Happy he is getting a head start with Coach Dillman. The next 6 weeks will be critical for him and his contribution to Florida’s depth along the offensive line!

  4. TigerCatZeroZero, I agree with you, his motivation should not be to try and prove people wrong about him, what happens after someone says ” man you surely proved me wrong”, is that your point of satisfaction? Improve in your abilities because you truly want to be better for yourself, both athletically and ACADEMICALLY. Either or both of these things will determine how the rest of your life is shaped and lived, think a little deeper son, it’s your future and not just the immediate that you are about to shape and it is almost entirely up to you and how you approach it.GO GATORS!!!!

  5. CREEK GATOR, soon you and I are going to be accused of being the same person! 🙂 He has to realize, its time to step WAY up. I am hoping the coaches couple him with someone who’s focused. Some naturally have that talent (focused on task) but most of us have to fail/feel the fire and witness it several more times before our bulb begings to flicker. He’ll have all the resources, and I believe he’ll have success – how much is completely on him. GO GATORS!

  6. Wouldn’t it be great if college football had an early signing period like basketball! I know it is being considerate by the NCAA. Signing period could be July 1st to the 15th or July 16th to July 31st. This could provide a football fix and help with the down time!

  7. Cleveland Gator, You named three highly sucessful athletes and one that hasn’t made it yet. And I understand what you are suggesting, but you can’t say what percentage that is of athletes that have used that strategy and have been sucessful, I don’t know the numbers but If it were possible to calculate I would put the failure rate at OVER 80%. It’s not a long term “driver”, once many of them reach a certain level of sucess, their soul is satisfied and they relax because they have accomplished their short term motivator. BTW, who ever doubted Michael Jordan would be a sucessful athlete?? HIM??? GO GATORS!!!!

  8. I think you guys are getting to hung up on the motivation angle. If having people that you grew up with telling you that you have no business playing FB at a top tier SEC school pushes your buttons to perform at another level, then so be it….. When I dropped out of HS to get my GED, I told my guidance counselor before I left, that I was still planning on going to college and majoring business. She responded “…I’ll believe it when I see it”. 24 years later, every time a sign another contract or cash in a bonus check, I smile when I think of that bitch.

  9. @Creek, so you critisize Cleveland for using 4 REAL examples, then you use OPINIONATED fake stats to try to prove yours?? There’s nothing wrong with using prove the naysayers wrong as a motivation. That’s the best moptivation there is. Nothing sweeter than proving someone wrong about you and nothing makes you work harder than proving them wrong. “It’s not a long term “driver”, once many of them reach a certain level of sucess, their soul is satisfied and they relax because they have accomplished their short term motivator.” I would disagree with that wholeheartedly. Who would you know ever got satisified because they felt they proved the naysayers wrong? I bet you can’t name one person. You know why? There are always naysayers. That’s the great thing about that motivation. Naysayers are too stupid and stubborn to admit they were wrong. Know matter how good or successful or likeable you are you’ll always have haters. And if you somehow manage to get rid of all your doubters, you know they’re just waiting for you to slip up, so that drives you to work even harder to make sure you don’t slip up and give them the chance to act like they were right about you. I love to see people use naysayers as motivation because most of the time those are the people that succeed. Go Gators!