RECRUITING: Locks encouraged Gresham about UF

When Coach Mike Locksley accepted the offensive coordinator's job at the University of Illinois, it was thought that there might be a snag in the recruiting of linebacker Daryl Gresham Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia. Gresham told Gator Country Monday night that Locksley has, in fact, encouraged him to continue looking at the University of Florida.

"Coach Locksley was my recruiter and was a good man," said Gresham, the son of Daryl Gresham, a Gator basketball player in the 1980s. "He and I were tight but that won't really affect it because he doesn't coach my position. It doesn't hurt. He told me that he wasn't going to be at Florida and had to make a decision to better his career."

Gresham said that Locksley showed real class and a truly professional approach in the way he handled things. Locksley continued to praise Florida.

"He said, 'I want you to keep considering Florida, because if you want to go to Florida, I think it is a good fit for you, '" Gresham said.

Gresham was supposed to play in an all-star game in Louisiana last week but he didn't make it out to the game. Instead of playing in the all-star game, he spent the weekend giving careful thought to the decision he is going to make regarding his college choice.

"I just didn't go," he said of the game. "I didn't think it would do me any good."

The recruiting is heating up and slowing down at the same time for Gresham. He has eliminated two of the five teams he was interested in and so it appears the coaches from those schools will slow down their pursuit of the three star linebacker.

"Clemson is not on my list any more," he said. "Tennessee is not on my list. It's just Florida, UVa (Virginia) and Virginia Tech."

Of the overall recruiting process, he says, "It is going good for me. I get a lot of phone calls."

Gresham had a couple of very important visitors this weekend.

"Sunday, Coach (Urban) Meyer and (Coach Charlie) Strong came to my house," he said. "My parents like them."

The conversation with the coaches went fairly much as expected. With the Gators in dire need of linebackers and only four scholarship linebackers on the current roster, playing time is an easy sell.

"They talked to me and told me they are in a need for linebackers," he said. "I could come in and make an impact if put my mind to it and work hard at it. They told me how much they wanted to coach me."

The decision will come on signing day for Darryl Gresham. On that day, three schools will wait a final decision and a fax that bears signed scholarship papers. Recruitniks in Florida hope that signature has an orange and blue tint.

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