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Recruiting: Gators get surprise commitment from Hallandale wide receiver

Hammond GAINESVILLE -- It only took one week for Florida to fall in love with Hallandale receiver Frankie Hammond Jr.

Hammond Jr. sent Florida a few highlight tapes last week and the receiver committed to the Gators tonight. Hammond, who chose Florida over Miami, told The Miami Herald that he called Florida coach Urban Meyer tonight and left a message on Meyer's voice mail.

According to Hammond Jr., Florida didn't even know he existed until last week. How could they? A relative unknown until this season, Hammond Jr. focused most of his efforts on track and field before dedicating himself to football his senior season. Hammond Jr. (6-0, 160), who runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, won the high jump competition (six feet , 10 inches) this summer at the AAU Junior Olympics in Tennessee. In addition to football, Hammond Jr. hopes to compete in track and field for the Gators.

"I sent Florida my tapes and [assistant coach] Doc Holliday and [assistant coach] Billy Gonzales came down for practice and told me all that Florida had to offer," Hammond Jr. said. "I'll have more chances to be involved as a wide receiver at Florida."

Hammond Jr. didn't play football his sophomore season. Hallandale's football program then struggled in 2006 but the Chargers are 6-1 in 2007. Hammond Jr. had five catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a win last week. Hammond Jr. expects to graduate with a 3.7 GPA.

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