RECRUITING: Darryl Gresham still has Gators listed

William Fleming HS linebacker Darryl Gresham is one of many outstanding recruits that had an interest in the University of Florida before the recent firing of head coach Ron Zook. The Roanoke Virginia All-Star has remained a soft verbal commitment to the University of Virginia, but insists on visiting other schools. Here is what he had to tell us about his current status as a recruit for the Gators. ALSO: Highlight videos.

Gresham has a few questions that won't be answered very quickly. Until then he tells us, "Right now I am just trying to figure out where the program is heading, but I still have interest. I still talk to Coach Locksley."

Why does he still have an interest in the Gators and the University of Florida? "You can't doubt their program. It is a traditional program. People like to be a part of a traditional program, and Florida is one of them. That is why I am still interested."

What will be a deciding factor if he happens to change his verbal from the Cavaliers to the Gators? He told us, "I still want to know if that can be my fit. You always wonder what is going to be a fit. I can't throw Florida out of the picture because the coach is fired and say well that can't be a fit for me. That isn't a good cause right there."

He plans on visiting Florida sometime in the future, but hasn't set a date yet. All he would say was, "Whenever I set my official visit."

Darryl Gresham continues to shine on the football field. The 6-3, 230 pound tackle machine told us about his on field exploits. "My season is going great. Right now I am leading the state with 126 tackles. I have two interceptions on the season with four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries." His team is still in contention for the playoffs. He continued, "We are 5-3 and #1 in district play. We have two games left, Allegheny this Friday and Williamsburg next Friday." These are the final two district games that will decide the playoff fate of his Fleming HS team.

A month ago he told us what sort of things he is most looking for in a school: "I'm really looking to feel at home, because I have to spend four years there." He also shared his intended major. "I like psychology, then again, I like communications and business." He also shared with us his academic situation, "School is going real well, I got my first mid-term and got all B's this semester. I have taken my SATs, so everything is going as planned."

The Florida Gators continue to remain on the radar of most of the recruits that were looking at them prior to the last two weeks events. The talk of this coach and that coach coming in has peaked the interest of a few. The work the current staff has done to lay the foundation for the 2005 class cannot be understated.

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