No. 30 Vargas Off The Board

One of the big remaining power forward targets felt it was time to decide Wednesday night. American Heritage power forward Eloy Vargas heard the call and picked a perennial national power.

The Florida Gators extended their recruiting class to include 5 players when Scout.com's No. 30 prospect Eloy Vargas pledged to Billy Donovan Wednesday evening.

Vargas, the second highest-rated recruit of the bunch, joins forwards Ray Shipman and Allan Chaney, center Kenny Kadji and point guard Erving Walker. Four of the players appear in the Scout.com Top 100, two of them amongst the Top 30 in the nation. Vargas' addition gives Donovan the strong contingent he was looking for after the mass exodus to the NBA last spring.

"Eloy's commitment to the University of Florida is great for both Eloy and the Gators," Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage coach Danny Herz said. "Eloy is a skilled 4 man that can handle it like a guard but has post moves like an elite big man. He brings a great combination of size and skill to the table. He is a terrific shot blocker and a really good rebounder.

"Eloy believes that Florida was the best place for him to continue to develop as well as play good minutes early on in his career. With the decision being made, Eloy will now focus on academics and his high school season."

Pittsburgh, Florida State, Miami and Louisville were in the mix on this one and will need to move onto to other targets. Easier said than done when with only 6 of the Top 25 power forwards remaining.

"He could not have made a bad choice here - all the schools recruiting him were top notch schools with terrific coaches - but in the end Eloy wanted to be a Gator!"


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