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February 2, 2011

Florida Football announces Class of 2011

University of Florida football head coach Will Muschamp announced the 2011 Gator recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2011 RECRUITING CLASS

Enrolled in January 2011
NAME Pos. Ht. Wt. HOMETOWN (Previous School)
Mike Blakely RB 5-9 205 Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee HS)
Clay Burton DL 6-4 245 Venice, Fla. (Venice HS)
Kyle Christy P 6-1 185 Brownsburg, Ind. (Brownsburg HS)
Jeff Driskel QB 6-4 238 Oviedo, Fla. (Hagerty HS)
A.C. Leonard TE 6-4 245 Jacksonville, Fla. (University Christian HS)
Javares McRoy WR 5-8 170 Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland HS)
De'Ante "Pop" Saunders DB 5-8 173 DeLand, Fla. (DeLand HS)

Signed National Letter of Intent in February 2011
NAME Pos Ht. Wt. HOMETOWN (Previous School)
Jabari Gorman DB 5-11 170 Miami, Fla. (Monsignor Pace HS)
Chris Johnson DB 5-10 198 Ocala, Fla. (Trinity Catholic)
Tommy Jordan OL 6-4 297 Ridgefield, Conn. (Ridgefield HS)
Hunter Joyer FB 5-11 237 Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Wesley Chapel HS)
Loucheiz Purifoy DB 6-0 171 Pensacola, Fla. (Pine Forest HS)
Marcus Roberson DB 6-1 175 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Valdez Showers DB 5-11 192 Madison Heights, Mich. (Madison HS)
Graham Stewart LB 6-1 216 Middletown, Conn. (Xavier HS)
Ja'Juan Story WR 6-4 196 Brooksville, Fla. (Nature Coast Technical HS)
Trip Thurman OL 6-6 302 Dover, Del. (Dover HS)
Tevin Westbrook DL 6-5 268 Coconut Creek, Fla. (North Broward Prep)

EARLY ENROLLEE BIOS
Mike Blakely
Running back
5-9 ● 205
Bradenton ● Manatee H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect rated the No. 6 running back in the nation and the No. 10 overall prospect in the state of Florida and No. 40 in the country according to Rivals.com…Also rated No. 74 in the ESPNU 150 class…Finished his junior season with 1,400 yards rushing and 227 yards on kick and punt returns with a total of 23 touchdowns…Added another 1,000-yard season as a senior, with 19 touchdowns on the ground…Was a first-team all-state running back in 2009…Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2011…Chose Florida over Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and USC…Coached by Joe Kinnan.

Clay Burton
Defensive Line
6-4 ● 245
Venice ● Venice H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A three-star prospect rated the No. 35 linebacker according to Rivals.com…Ranked the No. 19 weakside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com…Finished his junior season with 80 tackles and 13 sacks…Participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl…Chose Florida over LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee, Notre Dame and West Virginia among others…Coached by John Peacock.

Kyle Christy
Punter
6-1 ● 185
Brownsburg, Ind. ● Brownsburg H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A three-star prospect rated the No. 2 punter nationally according to Scout.com…Completed 31 of 37 extra points and five of eight field goals with a long of 45 yards his junior year…Participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in 2010…Named AP Indiana 5A All-State Honorable Mention…Chose Florida over LSU…Coached by Brett Comer.

Jeff Driskel
Quarterback
6-4 ● 238
Oviedo ● Hagerty H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year…Gatorade Florida Player of the Year…Rated the No. 1 quarterback nationally according to Scout.com and Rivals.com…Threw for a career 4,844 passing yards and 36 touchdowns and helped lead the Huskies to their first winning season in their fourth year as a varsity program…Had 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, 1,333 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes his senior year…Threw for 1,427 yards with 11 touchdowns and ran for 170 yards with five touchdowns his junior year…Participated in the Under Armour High School All-American Game in 2011…Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Mississippi and Clemson, among others…Coached by Nate Gierke.

A.C. Leonard
Tight End
6-3 ● 245
Jacksonville ● University Christian H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect and No. 5 tight end nationally according to Rivals.com… Member of the ESPNU 150 class and Rivals100 class…Averaged 20 yards-per-catch as a tight end…On defense, he recorded 21 sacks and 60 tackles with 10 for a loss…Also had two blocked punts, one blocked extra point, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Participated in the Under Armour High School All-American Game…Chose Florida over Alabama, Miami, Nebraska, UCF and FIU…Coached by Heath Nivens.

Javares McRoy
Wide Receiver
5-8 ● 170
Lakeland ● Lakeland H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect according to Scout.com…First-team All-State wide receiver for 5A classification in his junior year… Averaged 20 yards-per-catch…Listed as the No. 28 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...In his sophomore year, he posted a 10.65 100-meter time at the FHSAA 4A Regional Track meet…Chose Florida over Auburn, California, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech…Coached by Bill Castle.

De'Ante Saunders
Defensive Back
5-8 ● 173
DeLand ● DeLand H.S.

Enrolled at UF in January of 2010...PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a three-star prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals.com…In 2010, the 6A Florida Athletic Coaches Association Player of the Year for Seminole and Volusia counties…In his junior year, ran for 1,634 yards and 23 touchdowns…As a kick returner, had 580 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball to 6A state title game in his junior year… First-team All-State defensive back for 6A classification and named All-Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel in 2009…Participated in the Under Armour High School All-American Game in 2011…Chose Florida over South Carolina, Mississippi, Clemson, Cincinnati, USF and FIU…Coached by Kevin Pettis.

SIGNEE BIOS
Jabari Gorman
Defensive Back
5-11 ● 170
Miami ● Monsignor Pace H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star recruit, ranked the No. 10 safety in the nation by Rivals.com…Rated No. 86 on the ESPNU 150 list…Ranked in the Rivals250 national list…Helped lead Monsignor Pace into the Class 2B regional final before suffering its only loss of the season (10-1)…Competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game…A second-team all-state defensive back in the 2B classification…Also played running back in high school…Chose Florida over many schools, including Florida State, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin…Coached by Alvin Slaughter.

Chris Johnson
Defensive Back
5-10 ● 198
Ocala ● Trinity Catholic

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com…Rated in the Rivals.com Florida Postseason Top 100…Helped Trinity Catholic to a 14-0 record and the 2B state championship as a senior…Chose Florida over Louisville, Memphis, South Carolina and Vanderbilt…Coached by John Brantley III.

Tommy Jordan
Offensive Line
6-5 ● 297
Ridgefield, Conn. ● Ridgefield H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com…The No. 2 prospect in Connecticut…Helped Ridgefield to a 7-3 record as a senior…Chose Florida over Boston College, California, Duke, Rutgers and Wisconsin…Coached by Kevin Callahan.

Hunter Joyer
Fullback
5-11 ● 237
Wesley Chapel ● Wesley Chapel H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: The No. 1-rated fullback in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com…Ranked in the Florida Postseason Top 100 by Rivals.com…Chose Florida over UConn, Louisville, Miami, USF, Stanford and Texas A&M…Coached by Ben Alford.

Louchiez Purifoy
Defensive Back
6-0 ● 171
Pensacola ● Pine Forest H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star prospect and the No. 11 cornerback in the nation, according to Rivals.com…Also among Rivals.com's top 150 national recruits and top 25 prospects in Florida…Helped Pine Forest to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the Class 4A regional semifinals…Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn and Miami…Coached by Matt Brunson.

Marcus Roberson
Defensive Back
6-1 ● 175
Ft. Lauderdale ● St. Thomas Aquinas

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com…The No. 2 cornerback and the No. 37 overall player in the nation and the No. 11 player in the state of Florida, according to Rivals.com…Helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 15-0 record, a 5A state championship and the No. 3 national ranking in the USA Today Super 25…Chose Florida over Texas Tech, Auburn and USC…Coached by George Smith.

Valdez Showers
Defensive Back
5-11 ● 192
Madison Heights, Mich. ● Madison H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, which ranks him the No. 13 cornerback available…Picked Florida because of great football and great academics…Named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Michigan and earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors…The Detroit News' Player of the Year…Played defensive back and running back…Recorded three interceptions and two fumble recoveries…He also rushed for 2,024 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior and added 18 receptions for 257 yards and three touchdowns…As a junior, rushed for 1,572 yards and 20 touchdowns…Helped Madison Heights reach the regional finals in his junior and senior years…Chose Florida over Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin…Coached by Drake Wilkins.

Graham Stewart
Linebacker
6-1 ● 216
Middletown, Conn. ● Xavier H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A Scout.com and Rivals.com four-star recruit, named the top prospect in Connecticut by Rivals.com…Led Xavier to a 13-0 record and a state championship…Chose Florida over Boston College, UConn, Iowa, Syracuse and Temple…Coached by Sean Marinan.

Ja'Juan Story
Wide Receiver
6-4 ● 196
Brooksville ● Nature Coast Technical H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com…Rated the No. 6 wide receiver by ESPN.com…Ranked No. 43 on the ESPNU Top 150 list…Competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game…Also played quarterback in high school…Rushed for 847 yards and 12 touchdowns, passed for 427 yards and three touchdowns and caught seven passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns during his senior year…Chose Florida over Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and USF…Coached by Mark Nash.

Trip Thurman
Offensive Lineman
6-6 ● 302
Dover, Del. ● Dover H.S.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A four-star recruit by Rivals.com, which rates him the No. 13 prospect at his position in the nation and the top recruit from Delaware…A first-team All-Cape Henlopen Conference performer on both sides of the ball…Chose Florida over Boston College, South Carolina, Rutgers, Maryland and Clemson…Coached by Carlton Brown.

Tevin Westbrook
Defensive Line
6-5 ● 268
Coconut Creek ● North Broward Prep

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A Rivals.com three-star prospect…Helped North Broward Prep to a 6-3 record his senior year…Also played basketball in high school…Chose Florida over UConn, North Carolina, Purdue and USF…Coached by Rex Nottage.


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