Florida Announces 2005 Class

The University of Florida's Head Football Coach Urban Meyer held a press conference this evening to announce the 2005 signing class. <p> Here are the bios of the players:

Avery Atkins

Defensive Back • 5-11 • 189

Daytona Beach, Fla.


PREP: As a senior played both free safety and cornerback and posted more than 40 tackles with eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns…Also returned a fumble for a touchdown…As a junior, named to the Florida 5A all-state team as a utility player when he rushed for eight touchdowns… Had 61 carries for 513 yards…Also recorded 39 tackles, three interceptions, and broke up six passes….Ranked as the 44th overall player according to Scout.com and the fifth best cornerback…Rivals.com listed Atkins as the 84th best player in the country and the ninth best defensive back…. Ranked as fourth best cornerback nationally by StudentSports.com Hot 100…Orlando Sentinel's Defensive Player of the Year for Florida….Had 25 carries for 306 yards and four touchdowns in Region 1-5A championship game vs. Spruce Creek including touchdown runs of 80, 51, 48 and 25 yards….Also had four catches for 56 yards giving him 362 total yards against Spruce Creek..

Kalvin Baker

Linebacker • 6-0• 245

Columbus, Ga.

Pacelli Catholic

PREP: Totaled 153 tackles, 14 sacks, and one interception as a senior…As a junior led the state of Georgia with 29 sacks, four shy of the state record…Recorded 129 tackles, four forced fumbles, six fumbles recoveries and one interception…Rated as the 35th best linebacker in the country by Scout.com…Rivals.com ranked Baker as the 30th best linebacker prospect in the country…PERSONAL: Friends call him "Pig"…Nickname was given to him by his mother …Chose the University of Florida after considering Auburn and Clemson…

Nyantakyi (Nyan) Boateng

Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 199

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Abraham Lincoln

PREP: Suffered a pre-season ankle injury in August that ended his senior season before it began…Named to the US Army All-American team as one of the top wide receivers in the country…As a junior, led that squad to an undefeated season…Played both wide receiver and cornerback as a junior…Also handled all of the Railsplitters kicking, punting, and punt return duties…Scout.com ranked Boateng as the 38th best wide receiver prospect in the country while Rivals.com ranked him 20th at his position..PERSONAL: His name is of African origin, as his father is a native of Ghana, but his parents have lived in the United States for over 30 years…Played on the same basketball squad as current Portland Trailblazer point guard Sebastian Telfair when they were both at Abraham Lincoln High School, winner of three consecutive New York City PSAL basketball championships…First ever UF football scholarship recruit from the five boroughs of New York and the first one from the state of New York since Tim Olmstead in 1997…Chose the University of Florida, after considering Nebraska, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Simon Codrington

Offensive Line • 6-7 • 270

Miami, Fla.

South Miami

PREP: Did not allow a single sack in his four years of senior high football…Rivals.com ranked Codrington as the 25th best offensive line prospect in the country…Ranked 52nd nationally among offensive lineman on Scout.com…Played center on his varsity basketball team…PERSONAL: His father, Simon Codrington Sr., played college football for Eastern Kentucky University…Also considered Florida State, NC State, Auburn, and West Virginia.

Jon Demps

Linebacker • 6-4 • 219

Pensacola, Fla.


PREP: Finished his senior season with 160 tackles, six sacks, and five forced fumbles…Recording 145 tackles and seven sacks…Two-time (4A) all-state selection…Led team in tackles as a junior and senior…Ranked 32nd nationally among linebackers on Scout.com…Ranked eighth at his position by Rivals.com…Ranked the 22nd best player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com…PERSONAL: Brother, Willie Demps, plays for SEC rival LSU also at the linebacker position…Chose the University of Florida after considering LSU, Miami, Florida State and Auburn.

Brian Ellis

Tight End • 6-3 • 235

Daytona Beach, Fla.


PREP: Hauled in 24 catches for 405 yards and six touchdowns as a senior… Ranked 11th nationally among all tight ends by Rivals.com.com and 22nd by Scout.com...Selected as a member of the 5A all-state second team…PERSONAL: Also considered Florida State, Georgia, Tech, and Tennessee during the recruiting process.

Darryl Gresham Jr.

Linebacker • 6-3 • 251

Roanoke, Va.

William Fleming

PREP: Led the state of Virginia in tackles with 126 mid-way though his senior season…Added two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his senior campaign…As a junior, Gresham made 178 tackles with six sacks while forcing four fumbles…Tom Lemming of ESPN.com ranked Greshman 10th among linebacker prospects across the country…Ranked 15th at the linebacker position by Rivals.com and ranked 67th among all nationally rated linebackers on Scout.com…PERSONAL: Father, Darryl Gresham, was a Gator basketball player from 1983-84…Chose the University of Florida after considering Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Eddie Haupt

Offensive Line • 6-4 • 280

Merritt Island, Fla.

Merritt Island

Enrolled at UF in the spring of 2005…PREP: Considered on Rivals.com as the 18th best offensive guard in the nation, and 29th best overall athlete in the state of Florida heading into the 2004 season…Haupt is a four-star prospect and the 23rd rated offensive lineman in the nation according to Scout.com…4A all-state selection…As a senior averaged 13 pancake blocks per game as he earned All-Space Coast honors from Florida Today, in addition to being named the Offensive Player of the Year…PERSONAL: Threw the shot put for his high school track team …Enjoys chess…Favorite athletes include Roy Jones, Jr., Paul Friel, and Rashad Wilson…Chose the University of Florida over Miami, Tennessee, and Michigan.

Kestahn Moore

Running Back • 5-10 • 205

Arlington, Texas

Mansfield Summit

PREP: As a senior, had 132 carries for a total of 1,256 yards and 12 touchdowns…Averaged 9.46 yards per carry…Led his team in receptions as a running back … Scout.com ranked him in the Top 20 in Texas and the 29th overall running back in the country while Rivals.com ranked him 24th at running back.…PERSONAL: Also considered Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

Dorian Munroe

Safety • 6-0 • 191

Miami, Fla.

Coral Reef

PREP: In his senior season, recorded over 70 tackles, three interceptions, one receiving touchdown, three running touchdowns, and three passing touchdowns…Led Dade county in interceptions with three…Ranked 11th nationally among all corner backs on Scout.com and Rivals.com…PERSONAL: Also considered Florida State.

Louis Murphy

Wide Receiver • 6-3• 190

St. Petersburg, Fla.

St. Petersburg Lakewood

PREP: As a senior tallied 26 receptions for 520 yards and three touchdowns…Also returned one kick return and one punt return for touchdowns… As a junior, played option quarterback in a winged-T offense, but moved to wide receiver for his senior year…Ranked as the 47th best wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com and 37th by Rivals.com…PERSONAL: Chose the University of Florida over Tennessee, Florida State, and Louisville … Ran as the anchor on a 4 x400 relay on high school track team, winning the state championship as a sophomore…Also plays basketball for the Lakewood Spartans at power forward…Plans on majoring in Business or Journalism

David Nelson

Wide Receiver • 6-5 • 186

Wichita Falls, Texas


PREP: Finished his senior year with 91 receptions for 1641 yards and 18 touchdowns…As a junior, caught 50 passes for 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns…Also is the starting center on the basketball team at Rider…Scout.com ranked Nelson as the 24th best wide receiver prospect in the nation while Rival.com placed him 23rd…Tom Lemming of ESPN.com ranked Nelson as the 58th overall best prospect in the country and sixth at the wide receiver position…PERSONAL: Plans to major in sports management or sports psychology…Chose the University of Florida after considering Notre Dame, Texas, and Iowa.

Reggie Nelson

Safety • 6-1 • 175

Melbourne, Fla.

Coffeyville/ Junior College Palm Bay

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: The Palm Bay All-American has been enrolled at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College since 2003… There, he helped the Red Ravens to No. 3 ranking in the final 2004 National Junior College Athletic Association poll…Nelson was named the NJCAA National Player of the Week for October 26 for his part in Coffeyville's 86-0 win over Independence (Kan.) in the first round of the Region 6 playoffs…Nelson led the squad in tackles with 72 (37 solo and 35 assisted), intercepted six passes for 175 return yards, including one that was returned for a touchdown…He recovered two fumbles during the season and blocked four kicks…Coming out of Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, Fla., Nelson was a two-time first-team all-state (4A) honoree and a two-year starter…PERSONAL: High school teammate of Joe Cohen.

Jonathan Phillips

Kicker • 5-11 • 200

Wellington, Fla.


PREP: Converted 18 of 21 field goals inside the 45-yard line during high school career…Averaged 95 percent on touch backs…Game long field goal is 47 yards, while his practice long is recorded at 67 yards…Ranked as the second best place kicking prospect in the nation by Scout.com…Rivals.com ranked Phillips as the seventh best place kicking prospect…. Finalist for Lou Groza high school outstanding placekicker of the year.

Josh Portis

Quarterback • 6-3 • 188

Woodland Hills, Calif.

William Howard Taft

Enrolled at UF in the spring of 2005…PREP: Rated the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback prospect nationally by Scout.com and fourth by Rivals.com …As a senior, accumulated 865 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, while throwing for 2,293 yards and 36 touchdowns with only seven interceptions…As a junior, he threw for 1,881 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns…He was the Most Valuable Offensive Player in his league and first team all-city quarterback in Los Angeles, Calif.…PERSONAL: Originally committed to Utah but followed Head Coach Urban Meyer to Florida…First California high school football recruit to choose UF since Ken Bowen in 1960 from Santa Monica, Calif. and only the second since 1947.

Eric Sledge

Athlete • 6-2 • 195

Apopka, Fla.


PREP: Finished his senior season with 17 catches for over 300 yards and four touchdowns…Playing as a safety he had nine pass break ups, 60 tackles and four interceptions…He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns… Ranked as the 60th best wide receiver prospect in the country by Scout.com and 27th by Rivals.com… Ranked 39th on the Orlando Sentinel's list of the state's top 100 recruits…Also plays basketball and runs track…PERSONAL: Also considered South Carolina, Louisville, and NC State.

Ryan Stamper

Linebacker • 6-1 • 217

Jacksonville, Fla.

First Coast

PREP: Finished his senior season with a team-leading 120 tackles, two interceptions, six sacks and over 20 assists…The only athlete in Jacksonville to be named to the All-Conference team on defense in two consecutive years…Ranked 42nd among linebackers nationally on Scout.com and 10th on Rivals.com…All-State selection (2A) his senior year…PERSONAL: Joins his former First Coast teammates on the Gators Reggie Lewis, Kenneth Tookes and Michael McIntosh…Also considered Auburn during the recruiting process.

Ronnie Wilson

Offensive Line • 6-4 • 350

Pompano Beach, Fla.

Blanche Ely

Enrolled at UF in the spring of 2005… PREP: Rivals.com ranked Wilson 16th among offensive guard prospects in the nation while Scout.com ranked him 19th…In 2004, he helped lead Blanche Ely to the semifinal round of the Florida Class 6A State Championship…PERSONAL: Carries the nickname "Taz"… Wilson played his senior season at Blanche Ely under the coaching of former Florida wide receiver Willie Snead (1987, 88) …Chose Florida after considering Miami, Oklahoma, and Ohio State.

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