RECRUITING: Carolina DB commit will visit UF

A sparkling new name to the Gator defensive back board is Jordan Hemby, a University of North Carolina commit since early January. Hemby has been recruited to Florida by Doc Holliday, who knows Hemby from his days at North Carolina State.

About two weeks ago the ultra-quick corner from Morganton (NC) Freedom received a phone call from Holliday who was trying to get Hemby to visit Gainesville. At that time, Hemby had just committed to North Carolina and Coach John Bunting. In the two weeks since, Holliday has since convinced Hemby to make the trip to Florida.

Even though it is late in the recruiting process and Hemby is a commitment to Chapel Hill, he is not taking this visit lightly.

Hemby said, "I'm very, very serious about it. I want to be sure that there's no other place for me."

Florida will be Hemby's final visit.

A new school means learning new things and meeting new people. Hemby is taking this visit to look at every aspect of the Florida program from people to facilities to academics.

"I have to feel comfortable with the area, with the program, with the players, and the coaches," Jordan said. "I'm looking at their (Florida's) business program. I like business and marketing."

Hemby, who had 12 pass breakups to go with eight interceptions, told Gator Country that he is fully qualified.

He considers himself a strong cover corner who can lock down a receiver, but he's not afraid to mix it up and stick his helmet in someone's chest. He had 62 tackles during the season.

"I normally play aggressive," he said. "I get up on people. I move around a lot, like coming up and moving back and messing with the players. I move well with the receivers."

Jordan Hemby is 5-11, 183 with 4.4 speed in the 40. Gator Country will be talking to him again after he completes his weekend visit to UF.


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