The Florida Gators added their fifth commitment to its 2017 class on Wednesday, when Kadarius Toney made his pledge to Jim McElwain and his staff. However, this was not an impromptu decision for the four-star athlete.
"It wasn't tonight really, it's something I've been thinking about for a while now," said the Scout 300 playmaker. UF "was high on my list. I think I waited too long to commit really from my stand point, but I had to talk with my parents though. It just happened that I was talking with them deeply tonight."
Gators assistant Tim Skipper stopped by Blount High School to check in on the top Alabama standout, and Skipper was Toney's first call when he made the decision to commit.
"I called coach Skipper and then coach McElwain called me a couple of minutes later after I talked to coach Skipper," he said. "He was really excited, coach Skipper was excited...Coach McElwain, he was excited too. He is going to use me and really just get the ball in my hands and use my skills."
Toney is quite the versatile athlete. He is not only a dual-threat quarterback for his high school, but he shows great ability as a slot receiver and as a ball carrier.
"In Kadarius Toney, Florida is getting an explosive and dynamic football player, who is a true leader and who grinds with a purpose in all he does," said Toney's high school head coach, Lev Holly.
Toney chose the Gators over other suitors: Arkansas State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Ole Miss and USF among others.
"Just knowing that they [the Gators] have a good defense on the other side of the ball [is a reason for the commitment]," he said. "I like their style of offense. It's almost like Auburn's but it's a different speed that I like."
It also helps that UF is giving him a chance under center.
"They are recruiting me as an athlete, but they are going to give me time to play at quarterback. I was really excited at that especially at Florida. When I was a kid I didn't expect to get a big turnout like I do right now. Playing in the SEC and getting this opportunity feels good to have."
Toney hopes to visit Gainesville on May 28th.
Want to see "the academic building, what they have to offer academic wise and want to look at my future home."
Until then he is hoping to work his charm on a few of Florida's targets, including friend, four-star Kendarian Handy-Holly.
"There is a great chance that we come down together," he joked. "But my team we have quite a few players that I would like to see join."