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.