RECRUITING: Gresham will visit UF January 7th

While Darryl Gresham remains a soft commitment to the University of Virginia, the 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Roanoke (VA) William Fleming doesn't even hesitate to say that the Florida Gators are still in the picture.

The big hitter with the 4.7 speed in the 40 told on Tuesday night that he still has Virginia at the top of his list, but there are other schools strong enough for consideration. He's taken only one visit and has plans to take others.

"I am still a soft commitment to Virginia," said Gresham, considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the country. "Right now Virginia is leading, then Florida, then Tennessee, then Virginia Tech. I just came from UVA but I haven't been anywhere else so I can't rate it against the others because I haven't taken any other visits."

He has maintained his interest in the Florida program even through the coaching change from Ron Zook to Urban Meyer. He's not ready to put the Gators or any other school ahead of Virginia until he visits Gainesville and the other schools on his list.

"My interest is strong," he said of his interest in the University of Florida, "but I am going to take all my visits."

In-state Virginia Tech is going to get the first visit, then he has three visits scheduled for January.

"I go to Virginia Tech this weekend and Florida on January 7," he said. "I go to Tennessee, January 22, and Clemson the week after that. Everything is still open until I take all my visits."

The Gators are maintaining close contact with him throughout the hectic recruiting process. Coach Mike Locksley is recruiting him, and it's obvious that there is a bond forming between the two.

"I talked to Coach Locksley a couple of days after Coach Meyer was named the head coach and he said they were still interested in me and they wanted me," Gresham said. "Coach Locks is a good coach and a good guy."

Locksley has done a great job of keeping Daryl Gresham interested in the Gators. He has evidently sold Gresham to the Gator staff . With the lack of linebacker depth at the University if Florida, Darryl Gresham would be a gem on Florida's signing day class in Feburary.

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