Duhart patiently keeps Florida on his radar

Tommy Duhart of Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central is another outstanding prospect who has yet to lose his interest in the University of Florida because of the firing of Coach Ron Zook. While he maintains a wait and see attitude about the Florida situation, it is abundantly clear that he has a strong interest in the Gators.

Tommy Duhart attended the South Carolina-Florida game at The Swamp two weeks ago along with several of his teammates from Glades Central.

"Florida did their thing" he said. "Came out with a victory."

He watched attentively last Saturday night as the Gators defeated Florida State in Tallahassee, too, paying particular attention to the Florida defense which held FSU to a season low 34 yards rushing.

"The defense kicked butt," he said. "The defense got out and did their thing. They played all four quarters and came out with the victory."

He said he was impressed with Florida's team unity, calling the Gators a real "team" in every sense of the word.

Duhart is 6-4, 260, recruited as an athlete due to his unique combination of size, speed and agility. He will likely project as a tight end or defensive end at the next level although he could move inside to defensive tackle if he continues to grow.

Where he plays is of less importance to him than being a contributor on the field anywhere coaches see fit to play him, so moving inside to defensive tackle is not a concern. "If it helps the team, why not?" he asks.

Prior to the firing of Zook, Duhart had Florida at the top of his list, but now with the uncertainty of the situation he is a bit cautious.

"It's hard to tell due to the situation with the coaches and everything," he said. "Before, I thought they were going to be good. Everything was going good, but now with this situation, I don't know how it may turn out. It's kind of hard on Florida with the recruiting the coaches were doing."

He said he maintains contact with Coach Bill Miller, who was recruiting him, and noted that he recently took it upon himself to call Miller just to let him know he is still interested in playing at Florida. He said that Miller was very friendly, still enthusiastic about Florida, and that the Gator coach asked a lot of questions about how he and his team are doing."

Asked about the possibility of Utah Coach Urban Meyer being named as Florida's new coach, Duhart said, "I really don't know anything about him. I'll just have to see what happens."

Glades Central is making its usual run deep into the high school playoffs. It is never a surprise when Glades Central makes it to the state championship game.

"We are still in it (the playoffs)," he said. "We're in the third round. We got last year's 3A champions to play Friday, Miami Pace. It will be a nice challenge."

While Glades Central operates most of the time from a spread formation, Duhart makes the most of his opportunities when there is a need for a tight end.

"I have five catches for 122 (yards)," he said, but immediately mentioned that it is on the defensive side of the ball that the stats look very good. "I got about fifty-something tackles. I don't know if that number is right. That's at defensive end, but I play the whole front four."

He's already made First Team All-Palm Beach County and has been named to play in the Outback Bowl All-Star Game.

He has offers from South Florida, Central Florida and Pittsburgh, but he's trying to be patient, waiting on something to break at Florida.

"I'm waiting on Florida," he said, making it obvious that if the Gators come calling once the coaching change is announced, they will have his full and undivided attention.

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