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Scout 300 running back Adarius Lemons returns to The Swamp and declares Florida his home.

Scout 300 running back Adarius Lemons made his first trip back to Gainesville since committing to the Gators in the summer. Lemons clears the air about his non decommitment and his visit with FightinGators.com

Adarius Lemons returned to his home away from home on Saturday, when the four-star running back made his first visit to Florida since making his commitment to Jim McElwain in July. 

"The atmosphere is good, everybody knows me.I feel at home. It’s my state . My family can come watch me; and seeing everybody in all orange it was like wow, everybody like orange peels,” Lemons joked. “But other than that it was great seeing everybody dressed the same and cheering on the Gators.”

Gators fans had plenty to cheer about in UF’s 45-7 win over Kentucky.  Florida’s offense had a very productive afternoon, where it saw its ground attack blossom. The team finished with 244-yards rushing with five of its backs seeing the field. 

"I like it, it gets every back in the game,” said Lemons about how the Gators use their running backs.  "Just watching those running backs run and play today [Saturday], I really like how they did that. I really liked Jordan Scarlett and [Jordan] Cronkrite.”

Lemons was also keeping an eye on Gators freshman, Lamical Perine. Perine led the attack on the ground and finished with 106-yards on 17 carries, showing Lemons that if you work hard enough playing time is feasible under McElwain. 

"I'm not worried about competition,” said the Scout 300 running back.  "I am coming here to work. I'm coming here to grind and do what I need to do, so I can show coach, 'hey I want this kid in my backfield right now'.”

According to the Clearwater High School playmaker, the running back unit was not the only position group to impress him during Saturday’s win. 

"Luke Del Rio played a real good game. I really liked that they stepped up at the quarterback position,” said the Gators commit. “[Also stepped up in the] kicking position, Eddy [Pineiro] is a good kicker, I like him. Overall the offense played a hell of a game, and I really liked watching them.”


Lemons says this visit only cements in his mind that Florida is where he wants to go. 

"I'm going to stay home for my family and people that will come and watch me.” 

At one point, this didn’t seem the case.  This once North Carolina pledge announced on twitter that he had decommitted from the Gators. However, Lemons has now cleared the air about the misunderstanding. 

“First thing coach Mac told me to do was call him when anything goes wrong. I didn't call him so it was just me, and I had got into a little trouble, and I thought my football career was in jeopardy but it wasn’t,” explained Lemons.  "I was really blessed, and after that I just have to keep my nose clean and just keep my eyes on the main prize.”

Seeing the staff showing him support on his visit and since that incident, Lemons’ bond with the Florida coaches has grown even stronger. 

"Hearing from the staff it really meant a lot,” he said.  “You know some of these staffs see players come in and go...so for them to see me and thnk we got something, I really like that, because they see something in me that maybe they don't see in other people."

Lemons will begin to set up his officials in the next few weeks. 

"My first official visit should be here soon,” he said.  “Three weeks or so."

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