Harkless flips to UF, will enroll early

There's no denying the need on the offensive line for the University of Florida. It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Florida head coach Will Muschamp would go the extra mile to try and win the favor of some of the best linemen in the country. That has paid off in a big way as Jacksonville Trinity Christian offensive tackle Kavaris Harkless flipped his pledge from Louisville to Florida.

Muschamp made a huge impression on Harkless, a long time Louisville commitment, when Florida's head coach went to watch Trinity Chrisian play in a big game over a month ago. With all the talent on the team, Harkless really caught the attention of the Gator boss.

"About three weeks ago Florida made a strong push for Kavaris," Trinity Christian assistant coach Gerard Ross told Scout.com on Sunday. "He was thinking about decommitting and going to Florida around Christmas break. He decided to stay true to Louisville and that earlier decision. With Charlie Strong going to Texas it just confirmed it for him and he made the switch."

Ross says there is a lot to like about Harkless.

"He's long and athletic, definitely an offensive tackle," he said. "He came to our school as a receiver / tight end and just kept gaining weight. He can put on a lot of weight. He is lean and all muscle, not sloppy at all. He will probably end up about 315 pounds before all is said and done.

"He is very aggressive with a great drive block. He has good pass fits. He is competitive and mean. He's from the side of Jacksonville where he has to be tough.

"He is very academic driven. He has a 3.6 GPA. He could have gone to a school like Duke or Purdue. He wants to be a doctor, so Florida is a good place for him."

The Gators have been looking for quality linemen and they almost pulled this one even though he was previously committed. As luck would have it, Harkless ended up coming to the good guys and he will enroll in school on Monday as an early enrollee.

"One of the big deals was that Coach Muschamp paid him a lot of attention after a big game," Ross said on why Harkless chose Florida. "He watched him and afterward had some good talks with him and his mom. The medical program is great as well. He likes the thought of helping the Gators rebounding and rebuilding."

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