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Summers catches Gator offer

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Statesboro (Ga.) athlete Micheal Summers arrived at Florida on Sunday with a mission: show out for the Gators staff.
Suffice to say, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder did just that.
Working out mostly at wide receiver and some at safety inside the Swamp and at the Florida practice facility, he did enough to generate serious discussion about a potential offer.
"I ran a 4.4 in the 40, had a 38-inch vertical and had a 10-foot broad jump," Summers told Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com on Monday night. "The vertical and broad jumps were the best at camp. I caught the ball well and ran good routes."
A day later, good news arrived.
"We called [Florida assistant coach Brian] White tonight," Summers said Monday evening. "He said I'm an elite athlete and an elite player. He said I'm a player for their program and then I got an offer."
What was his reaction?
"I was like, 'This is big, real big,' " Summers said. "Florida is one of the top programs in the nation. That means a lot. Gainesville is a real nice college town."
Summers also has verbal offers from the likes of Duke and Pittsburgh.
"I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I only have those three BCS offers. I hope to get offers from North Carolina, Kentucky and NC State, too."
Next up, Summers plans to visit North Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and Tennessee this month. In 2010, he totaled 1,100-plus all-purpose yards, including 700 rushing as a halfback in Stateboro's wishbone offense. He scored 10 touchdowns.
Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com contributed to this report. Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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