Notebook: Harris postpones decision


There’s been a change of plans for Winter Park defensive end Trenton Harris.

For more than a month, he’s been scheduled to make his commitment at his spring game on May 24 and had Florida as his frontrunner. But an offer from Ohio State on Monday put a hold on that announcement.

Harris grew up rooting for the Gators and is a big fan of Urban Meyer because of it. He wants to check out Columbus this summer to see what the Buckeyes have to offer before pulling the trigger. UF still leads for the 6-foot-2, 227-pounder followed by Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and now Ohio State.

Harris received a visit on Tuesday from Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, his primary recruiter.

Noil names Top 3

Florida hasn’t signed a prep prospect from Louisana in over a decade, but that trend will likely end this year.

The Gators already have New Orleans St. Augustine offensive lineman Joesph Paul committed for the 2014 class, and they’re in contention for several other recruits from the talent-rich region.

One of those is New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr receiver Speedy Noil. The 6-foot, 176-pounder named a surprising Top 3 on Tuesday, which left out in-state LSU in favor of Texas A&M, USC and UF.

Noil is the eigth overall prospect and No. 1-ranked athlete in the ESPN150. He will officially visit Florida in the fall and plans to decide at the Under Armour All-America Game. Noil is also teammates with defensive lineman Gerald Willis III, who lists Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and Texas as his leaders.

UF loses recruiting assistant

Brendan Donovan, Florida’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting, is leaving the school to accept a position in the NFL.

According to the Facebook page of Donovan’s high school football team and 247Sports’ Luke Stampini, who first reported the news, Donovan has been named the College Scouting Administrator of the Cleveland Browns.

Donovan declined to comment when reached by phone and calls to a UF spokesman were not returned.


  1. So was Harris a GATOR FAN or an Urban Myers fan?? Big Difference!! I like Urban Myers but I’m a GATOR FAN. Does he want to see what Ohio State have to offer himas a player and a person or does he want to be lavishly praised by Urban Myer to feel that he is the best player that he can be (mental note: “you can get that from any coach, THINK whats BEST for you in the LONG RUN”). GO GATORS!!!!

  2. Regarding Miller — isn’t it a little early to say we ‘lost’ a kid for the 2014 recruiting cycle? Let the kid see what else is out there. I’d rather a kid be discerning on the front end and be ‘all in’ as opposed to getting here and deciding he wants to transfer. He has a good football pedigree so in the end if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

  3. I’m with that Deray Mike, I would rather him go out now and see what’s out there and be fully committed to the Gators if and when he comes back in the fold, there will be not regrets and he will be fully committed to be the best person, player on and off the field. Be proud of he and his family for getting this doubt out of any future decisions made. GO GATORS!!!!

  4. Miller has to realize that there will be doubt in every decision he makes. He just has to choose what he feels is best for him commit to it and take the adversities as they come. There are no perfect choices. Only strong people who learn how to deal with the choices they make. Good luck Miller. I hope you become a Gator. Go Gators

  5. JR, allowing the athlete to make an informed decision is not begging. to be perfectly honest this whole recruiting process is a process of begging if you will (since you want to use that term). Look at how many times a kid is called, visited, emailed, text. Not only him, family members coaches, so if the coaches followed your line of thinking, we would not be in the SEC. Now you may not like the way the process works, but if you get real for a little while you will see that this all about “begging” and Waiting to see if you “begged” enough. HARSH REALITY!! GO GATORS!!!!