'Tis the season for recruiting, and the holidays could be coming early for the Florida Gators. New Gator Coach Urban Meyer's latest hire, NC State's ace recruiter for South Florida, Doc Holliday, has already made an impact in less than 48 hours on the UF staff. GatorCountry.com got the first words with one Miami linebacker who's definitely thinking about a "happy Holliday.""> 'Tis the season for recruiting, and the holidays could be coming early for the Florida Gators. New Gator Coach Urban Meyer's latest hire, NC State's ace recruiter for South Florida, Doc Holliday, has already made an impact in less than 48 hours on the UF staff. GatorCountry.com got the first words with one Miami linebacker who's definitely thinking about a "happy Holliday."">

RECRUITING: "Holliday Cheer": Vogt Puts UF At #1

You can call it "Holliday Cheer." <p> 'Tis the season for recruiting, and the holidays could be coming early for the Florida Gators. New Gator Coach Urban Meyer's latest hire, NC State's ace recruiter for South Florida, Doc Holliday, has already made an impact in less than 48 hours on the UF staff. GatorCountry.com got the first words with one Miami linebacker who's definitely thinking about a "happy Holliday."

Avery Vogt, a 6-0, 226-pound linebacker from Miami Coral Reef, was committed to the Wolfpack as early as Monday, but has now rescinded his verbal and lists Florida as No. 1 on his list.

"I am decommitted from North Carolina State," said Vogt Friday night, just one day after the Gators announced that Holliday is the newest member of the UF staff. "Florida is now officially at the top of my list."

It was a combination of events that brought about the change of heart for Vogt. First, he received a visit from Florida coaches at his school. Next Holliday left the NC State staff to join the Gators. That's all Vogt needed to hear.

"Just recently, Florida came to my school before I knew about the whole Doc thing and that got me showing interest," Vogt said. "Then Holliday left (NC State), so Florida is my top school right now."

Holiday, known for his relentless and effective recruiting of the South Florida area, hasn't even stepped foot in Gainesville, but Vogt is anxious to talk to him. Vogt says the two of them have been playing phone tag the last day or so, but he's eager to talk to the coach he wants to follow.

"Florida is perfect and it's not too far from home," he said. "I really don't think it can get better then that."

For a Gator team thin in linebacker, Vogt's interest in Florida may have brought some early "Holliday cheer" for the Gator Nation.


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