RECRUITING: Tebow Impressed By Crowd At Swamp

Because he grew up a Gator fan and has been in The Swamp many times, Tim Tebow can offer a rather informed opinion about crowd noise and atmosphere at The Swamp. The St. Augustine Nease quarterback was there Saturday night for the SEC showdown between Florida and Tennessee. His review: The crowd and the atmosphere was lights out.

The Swamp was a rockin' place, deafening and electric, impressive even to Tebow, who's quite familiar with the old stadium at big games.

"It was a great game, great atmosphere … the fans were awesome," said Tebow, a 6-3, 225-pounder who was at the game along with many of the nation's top recruits. "The teams played real hard and Florida just played a great game. The crowd is always good at Florida Field but I think this crowd was even a little louder. I think it may have been the loudest we have heard them. It was definitely an exciting atmosphere."

While Tebow was absorbing all the atmosphere and excitement, he was enjoying hanging out with some of the many friends he has made along the recruiting trail. The South End Zone was a virtual who's who of college football recruiting, and Tebow's buddies came away every bit as impressed.

"They were excited," he said of all the recruits. "It's good for recruiting to win like that. I got to hang out with a lot of them … Jamar Hornsby (Jacksonville Sandalwood), Jarred Fayson (Tampa Hillsborough), Percy Harvin (Virginia Beach Landstown), Bryan Thomas (Zephyrhills) and Sam Young (St. Thomas Aquinas."

After the game, the coaches reflected on the big win the recruits. Tebow could see for himself an excited staff, happy with a great win over the then fourth-ranked Volunteers.

"They were excited to have a lot of recruits there and it was a fun time," he said.

After a tough game against a top three team in the nation in Hoover, Alabama, Tebow and his Nease teammates have won their last two games. Friday night they hammered Orange Park Fleming Island, 53-0, to improve their record to 2-1.

Tim Tebow is the only non-committed quarterback on the Gators board. He is from nearby St. Augustine and a lifetime Gator fan. He remains a priority on the Florida recruiting board.

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