Florida coach Will Muschamp did not sign any players from Tampa in his first two recruiting cycles with the Gators.
That changed last year with Vernon Hargreaves III and Jordan Sherit, and he’ll likely continue the trend in 2014.
Tampa Jefferson athlete Deiondre Porter spent this past weekend officially visiting UF, which offered him a scholarship last week.
He will announce his decision Monday at 6 p.m. ET on Bright House Sports Network. His other finalists are UCF and USF, the school he decommitted from Thursday.
“I had a real good visit to Florida,” Porter said. “I learned a lot. It’s a high-powered program. They built a dynasty in the 1990’s and won two championships not too long ago, so I just wanted to see what all the hype was about. I definitely saw it.”
The highlight of Porter’s trip was seeing The Swamp for the first time.
“Standing in the stadium was ridiculous,” he said. “I’ve never been to a game before, so I was just picturing all the fans screaming and going crazy.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder was hosted by Hargreaves, who talked to him about the honesty of UF’s coaches.
“He let me know that whatever the coaches are telling me is the truth, and if they say I’ve got an opportunity then I do,” Porter said. “He told me I can trust them and that they’ll give me a chance to prove myself. That’s what I’m looking for.”
The Gators are recruiting the consensus three-star prospect for multiple positions. Porter added that’s he not bothered by the Gators making a last-minute run at him.
“The coaches told me they’re going to try me out everywhere — quarterback, receiver, corner and safety. Maybe kicker if I can do that, too,” Porter said laughing.
“I don’t care that Florida came in late. I’m just happy they came, and that I have a choice to go to one of the top universities in the country.”
To watch Porter’s senior season highlights, click HERE.