Gators trying to get into mix for Granger

SAN ANTONIO --- Lately, DeMarcus Granger is making it a habit of keeping people guessing. Just two days ago, the 6-3, 325-pound defensive tackle told OU Insider of the network that there is a 50 percent chance he will announce his college choice between Oklahoma, Tennessee or Arizona State at the US Army All American Bowl Game on Saturday. Now, it appears another team is trying to work its way into the final equation.

DeMarcus Granger, who is rated five stars and the number three defensive tackle in the country by, was recruited by the old staff to Florida but when Coach Ron Zook was dismissed, recruiting in Oklahoma and Texas slowed to a creep. Once Florida changed staffs, Coach Urban Meyer made recruiting in Texas a priority. Granger is on Florida's priority list once again and the Gators are trying very hard to make up for lost time in the recruiting process. Granger seems to want to take a further look at what Florida has to offer.

"Yeah, I'm interested in the Gators," Granger said Friday.

Although the Gators have tweaked his interest, he's not ready to commit to taking a visit to Gainesville. "I'm in debate," he said. "I really don't know yet."

When Florida changed staffs, there was a lull in the communications with Granger and that led to the big defensive tackle looking more seriously at Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona State. The previous staff talked about an in-home visit, but that opportunity was missed in the transition to Meyer. Florida has tried to get back into Granger's good graces, but there just hasn't been enough time.

"They [Florida staff] called, but I missed their call right before I came here (to San Antonio)," he said.

Granger and Jerrell Powe have provided a menacing presence to the West offensive linemen all week long, They bring their game and they talk about it before and afterwards. They have ben fun to watch and sometimes even more fun to listen to. Granger would make a great addition to a Gator class this lacking in defensive line recruits and commitments at the moment.

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