Persistence Paid Off With Brown Signing

The need for offensive linemen was easy to see for the Class of 2013 and the Florida staff was going to make sure they filled their needs along the offensive trenches. One of the more unheralded prospects in Florida's class is Junior College transfer Trenton Brown and the 6-8, 363 pound Brown had a good idea how much Florida needed him, because they were so relentless in recruiting him.

While Trenton Brown is finishing up one more correspondence course so that he can enroll at Florida in May, he is also working out. Unfortunately last week, he set himself back a little bit, but seems to think a small injury he suffered to his quad muscle will be fine soon enough.

"I was working out and just tweaked my quad a little bit," he said. "I am still working out just no resistance kind of stuff."

Brown is excited to be a Gator and disappointed he isn't already enrolled in Gainesville as that was the plan. Florida was hoping to get him here in the spring and have him compete for a starting spot on the line. According to Brown, the Gator staff likes a lot about him.

"They like how I move in space," the massive lineman said. "They like my length and my quickness."

Brown first committed to the home-state Bulldogs in Georgia. But, persistence from Florida kept getting his attention and he soon transferred that commitment to the Gators.

"Their faithfulness throughout the whole process is why I committed," he said of his eventual decision to be a Gator. "They were my second offer in the second week of February last year. They were there the whole time, even when I committed to Georgia. They were disappointed when I did that, but I made a quick decision. After stepping back and seeing them still after me, my parents and I decided it was the best place for me."

While Florida was paying him all the attention, he made sure to watch the Gators during the season. Brown says he wasn't surprised at all about their 11-1 record.

"No sir," he said about being surprised about Florida's comeback season. "I knew they had athletes. When I was on my visit the guys were saying the guys that were there really lost respect for the previous coaching staff. I know Coach Muschamp and staff are great guys and he makes them understand to be where they want to be, they have to follow."

He believes he and the 2013 recruiting class can help the trend back up with this Gator program.

"I think Florida is going to be back where they used to be," he said. "They made huge strides this year and then adding the number one recruiting class. Everyone just needs to stay committed to their word and Florida will be a contender for a national championship."

Now, he really likes the fit at Florida and feels he will relish his time on campus and be able to take advantage of it.

"I feel like I can go in and be me… just fit in the offense really well," brown said. "I can do a lot of combo work with the guard or get out in space. We did a lot of the same stuff here, just different terminology. That is another big reason for me choosing Florida."

He talked a little bit about what he feels his strengths are.

"My versatility is my strength," Brown said. "I can run block, pass block, play left or right tackle. I prefer the left but can play the right. My coaches tell me that pass blocking is natural to me, but run blocking or pass blocking, I like doing them both. It is part of the game.

He has plans for his immediate future at Florida and what Gator fans can expect from him when he shows up on campus.

"I want to win the starting job, the All-SEC team, and I just want to ball out and help Florida win," he said. They will get a hard working young man that wants to get the Gators back on top.

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