Going into an unofficial visit yesterday to Florida, Rivals100 athlete Jarred Fayson out of Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough had no intention of committing. On his trip though, the 6-foot-0, 184-pounder with 4.32-second speed knew that Gainesville was the place to be and chose them over offers from Southern Cal, Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma amongst others.
"As the game went on I knew it was the right place for me because I felt really good there," he said. "Jamar Hornsby put some pressure on me and I'm happy to have him as a friend. I'm excited to play with him next year. After the game I told the coaches including my recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton, Urban Meyer and others of my decision. One of the coaches was about to kill himself he was so happy that I committed and they just told me get ready to come in to work and contribute to the team."
Did anything else cause the four-star prospect to commit on the spot?
"Definitely the coaches were a big aspect of it," he said. "I also like how the program is headed in the right direction and just the whole demeanor there. If I didn't play football I would probably want to go to Florida anyway because of the tradition and the exposure you get in the job market. One other nice thing is that it's only an hour and a half away from my home too."
The coaches confirmed that Fayson will definitely see some playing time next season as a freshman at receiver and return specialist.
"I'm looking to get bigger, stronger and work out with some guys that have already played in college over the next year to help me get a level head going into the 2006 season," he said. "I feel I can bring leadership and a willingness to win when I get there."
The No. 4 athlete in the country is relieved to have the decision behind him.
"I'm definitely not second guessing my decision, it's a very strong commitment and a big weight off my shoulders," Fayson said. "I'm excited to head to Florida next year and I want to tell the fans it's going to be electric."