|Justin Midgett #10
6-4, 200, 4.75
Committed to Florida
The Florida Gators picked up their first verbal commitment from one of the South's top quarterback prospects. Justin Midgett, a senior to be from Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte, committed to Florida, after being offered a scholarship by Coach (Ron) Zook on Thursday.
"My QB coach (Larry Marsh) went up to Florida and showed them some film," said Midgett. "Then, Florida asked me to attend their most recent scrimmage. We saw Coach Zook and he offered me a scholarship right there. My jaw dropped and I was in shock.
"It was pretty special because I have been a huge Florida fan my whole life. It is my dream to play for the Gators. My room is full of UF stuff."
After driving home the following day, Midgett made up his mind and he did not want to wait any longer. "I called Florida and talked with Coach Dixon and told him I wanted to be a Gator. I called and spoke with Coach Zook and told him the same thing 10 minutes later. They both seemed pretty excited."
Last season as a junior, Midgett threw for over 1,600 yards and 18 TDs. In addition, he got to throw to All-American wide receiver Dishon Platt (Florida State). "No one can replace Dishon but everyone keyed in on him last season and some others stepped up. They will have to again this season."
Also this season, the strong-armed Midgett is gunning for some school records set by his father, Billy Midgett. "He holds the single season passing, career passing and completion records at Charlotte. It would be great to break them."
In the meantime, with the big decision over with, Midgett can concentrate on enjoying his senior year without the hassles of recruiting... sort of. And he knows, come this time next year, he will be gearing up to fulfill his dream.
"I have just always loved the Gators and Coach (Steve) Spurrier.
I loved how he got on his QBs. That is what I need because I work
the best when the pressure is on. I camped at Florida for two summers
and I liked being around Spurrier. But he is gone now and I am pretty
excited about the new staff and the opportunity."