Bristol (Conn.) Bristol Central tight end Aaron Hernandez committed to home state school UConn early in the recruiting process to join his brother, D.J., in building the Huskies into a Big East power. However, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Rivals100 pass catcher had a change of heart this weekend.
"I committed to Florida," said Hernandez. "I've been down here in Florida for the whole week and I feel that this is the best situation for me. I talked to coach Edsall at UConn before I made my decision and I spoke to my brother. I just feel this is what I have to do."
Hernandez, arguably the nation's top tight end, keep quiet about his visit to Gainesville for the most part.
"I tried to keep it low key," he said. "I didn't want a bunch of attention. I just like the opportunity to play for a national title down here, and I think I can play right away. They have a good tradition there at tight end and in that offense they pass a lot. I'm excited."
Is Hernandez done?
"That's it, it's over," he said. "No more schools, no more visits, this is it. I really intended on sticking with my UConn commitment, but this is a chance for me to do a lot of things I want to do down here."
Hernandez caught 67 passes for 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, setting many state records in the process.