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UF holding a scholarship for top tight end

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that there is a possibility of a late addition to the Gators' 2009 recruiting class.

UF is likely holding a scholarship for Tampa Plant tight end/receiver Orson Charles, who is visiting Southern Cal this weekend. Charles (6-2, 230 pounds) is also considering Georgia.

THE GUYS WHO GOT AWAY
Meyer seemed a bit upset about losing Pahokee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson to Tennessee on National Signing Day. Florida's coach said he watched a highlight film of receiver Andre Debose before his 1 p.m. press conference to set his mind at ease.

"Before I came down here I flipped on [Debose's] highlight video one last time before I have to go deal with some issues," Meyer said. "I left with a big smile on my face."

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin also persuaded UF commitment Marsalis Teague of Paris (Tenn.) Henry County to sign with the Vols on Wednesday. The Gators also lost out on Georgia prep defensive lineman Jarvis Jones, who signed with Southern Cal. Before National Signing Day, two other prep standouts withdrew their oral commitments to UF. Defensive end Nick Kasa signed with Colorado on Wednesday and cornerback Greg Reid, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's player of the year, signed with Florida State.

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The players that changed their minds did so because they realized they would not have a realistic chance to start for a long time on this loaded Gators team.

Or maybe they had enough of Urban (*cough* Greg Reid *cough*). Still a top notch class regardless of the defectors. Debose, Gary Brown and Jelani Jenkins could be special.

ORM - Exactly. I was not surprised about Teague, but was about Nu'Keese. Guy has been a die-hard Gator and basically switched his commitment because he must've been guaranteed to get huge playing time at UT.

While Urban didn't say it directly and I am TOTALLY insinuating it from his comments, it seems like Kiffin is who he was talking about in his press conference.

Ricky - Reid did not leave because he "had enough of Urban," LOL. He left for the same reason Teague did. Because neither is as good as Dee Finley and we're returning a two-deep defense. I'm just glad Josh Evans committed, kid is legit.

If the Gators sign Orson Charles, that really improves their depth at Tight End and he can play right away. He would probably be second on the depth chart behind Hernandez. If not, there will be an extra scholarship slot for a player for next year.

If Charles goes to USC, they already have 4 or 5 experienced Tight Ends ahead of him. They have like 2 Juniors, a Sophomore and 2 Freshmen. That doesn't count the 2 Senior Tight Ends they are graduating.

As for Reid, I don't think he believed he could compete with Joe Haden, Janoris Jenkins and company.

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