RECRUITING: Gators look good for La Fell

Brandon La Fell is a dynamite receiver from Houston (TX) Lamar. Rated four stars and the number 33 receiver in the US by, La Fell rates Florida and LSU as his favorites, this coming immediately after his visit to LSU last weekend. It seems as though the Gators may have the upper hand on this outstanding recruit.

The 6-3, 170-pound wideout took his fourth of five visits to the heart of bayou country, Baton Rouge.

"I went to LSU this weekend," he said, noting that while it wasn't a great time "it was better than my other visits, though."

Brandon La Fell is close friends with another visitor set for Gainesville on January 28, RJ Jackson of Houston Westside. Jackson was a hot topic for recruitniks last weekend at the US Army All-American Bowl Game in San Antonio, particularly when he talked of being a package deal with La Fell.

"Yeah he and I are pretty good friends," La Fell said.

La Fell is quite familiar with the offense that Coach Urban Meyer is bringing to Florida from the University of Utah.

When he thinks of Florida, he said he likes "the new offense they are going to run." The appeal of the offense is "the way they use their skill players. Then they have a good tradition and a good passing game."

An interesting tidbit is his favorite school growing up.

"I followed Georgia," he said. "I wanted to go to Georgia but since I can't go there, I want to beat them."

He didn't grow up in Georgia, just grew up liking the Bulldogs.

"I grew up in Texas," La Fell added. "I just always liked them because they had a good football and basketball program."

Because La Fell is somewhat new to the Gator recruiting board, fans may not be familiar with his abilities.

When asked about his skills, he said, "I have great hands. I can jump and go up and get the ball against anybody, I can go out there and compete. I've got the speed (4.5 in the 40) and I've got the size height wise, but probably need to get a little stronger in the weight room. I feel like I am as good as anyone else out there."

Offensively he had a great year this year. "I had 46 catches for 1,116 yards and 16 touchdowns," he said, noting that on the other side of the ball he had "40 tackles, eight interceptions and four for touchdowns and two punts for touchdowns."

Qualifying won't be a problem for La Fell, who plays to major either in education or business.

"I am qualified and didn't even have to sign up for the clearinghouse," he said.

Another non-issue for him will be distance from home.

"It doesn't matter how far I go, as long as I can get a good education and play," he said. "No matter where I go, I will be away from home."

Brandon La Fell is one of four Texas players who will be visiting that the Gators have a chance to sign. The wide receiver board is deep on quality and La Fell is right up there with the best of them. The last weekend in January will be exciting for Gator fans and Brandon La Fell.

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