GAINESVILLE -- There still might be a chance, Gators fans. There still might be a slim chance that UF coach Billy Donovan will land Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest point guard Brandon Knight.
A recruiting website reported last week that Knight's decision to sign with Kentucky is all but a done deal. Knight refuted that speculation on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio, telling Rivals.com that he isn't favoring Kentucky or any other school.
"All my schools are balanced," said Knight, who plans on signing with either Florida, Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas or Connecticut in April. Basketball's signing period begins April 14.
Knight is in Ohio practicing for the McDonald's All-America game. He was recently named the national Gatorade Player of the Year for second consecutive season. Knight did confirm a report that Florida isn't recruiting him as hard as other schools. But the 6-3 combo guard made a point to explain that Florida is still an option.
"I still have an offer," Knight said. "They're not not recruiting me. They're just trying to make sure they get a point guard before the signing period is over."
Florida desperately needs to sign a point guard in 2010. The Gators currently have three guards on their roster, but only two -- returning starters Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton Jr. -- contributed significantly to the team this season. The situation became more dire when sophomore Ray Shipman made the decision last week to transfer.
With Knight still undecided, Donovan can't afford to focus his recruiting efforts solely on one player. Knight seemed to respect that situation on Sunday.
"I don't feel anything is wrong with it," he said. "It's smart. As a head coach, you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket and not end up with anything. They just don't feel as strongly as they did before. Since they're the hometown school, they thought I would have signed early or something of that nature. I'm not exactly sure."