Two weeks after Trey Grissett, a three-star defensive end from Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County, committed to UAB, Florida has entered the picture.
The Gators first showed interest in the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder early last year, and remained in contact throughout Grissett's senior season. But recently, Florida has ramped up its efforts.
"I know I wasn't their top prospect, but they told me I could definitely play there," Grissett said. "They have a couple other people above me, so we'll have to wait and see what happens with that first. They said to hang in there."
Although the Gators have not yet offered Grissett, who committed to UAB shortly after visiting there Jan. 7, he thinks that may soon change.
"I'm hopeful, let's just say that," Grissett said.
According to Grissett, who recorded 64 tackles (six for loss) in 2010, Florida will send a coach to Warner Robbins this week. Also, he is "pretty sure" he will make an official visit to Gainesville on Friday.
"I know the defensive coordinator [Dan Quinn] is coming up to watch me play [a basketball game] this week. And hopefully, that's a good sign. I guess I'll get a better feel of it when I go on my visit and talk to coaches and people down there. I'll see if I'll fit."
Grissett has been to Gainesville a few times. He competed in a camp there last summer and attended two Florida games.
"[Tight ends coach Brian White] first came and saw me last spring," Grissett said. "We've been in touch since then."
Despite Florida's heightened interest, Grissett said he remains committed to UAB. And he has kept that staff in the loop.
"I told them [about Florida],"Grissett said. "I talked to [head coach Neil Callaway] about it and let him know about the situation. And he's fine with it. They understand. They've been in the business a bunch of years."