It's been a wild few weeks for Marsalis Teague. This cornerback/wide receiver prospect from Paris, Tennessee grew up a Miami fan but fell in love with the Gators on his official visit back in October. Then, the home-state Volunteers made a coaching change and he took a quick liking to new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin. In the meantime, Alabama and Nick Saban were beginning to make a big, late push for this Henry County standout. In the end Teague followed his gut and made his decision late last night.
"I actually made the decision a few days ago but I committed to Florida yesterday," Teague said. "I talked with my parents about it and told them that's what I wanted to do. I called (coach Urban Meyer) last night and told them as I coming. He asked me to repeat that and put me on speaker phone. I said 'I have some news for you, I am coming to Florida.' I heard all this yelling in background.
"We have been talking about it for last couple of weeks but coach Meyer wasn't pressuring me. The more I kept thinking about it the more I wanted to go."
Teague visited Florida officially when they played LSU. He also saw the Gators at Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
"The LSU game was terrific. The atmosphere and environment were great. The coaches were great. All three times I said I could see myself playing for them. I felt good and I felt comfortable with Florida.
"The hardest part of the decision was telling Alabama and Tennessee no, especially Tennessee and the coaches there. They really wanted me to hold off and at least come in for a visit. But it's done. I'm done."
It is expected that Teague will play cornerback in Gainesville.