RECRUITING: Doe - Florida game has no comparision

Live Oak Suwanee linebacker Dustin Doe has already given his verbal commitment to play football for the Florida Gators next season. The 6-0, 209 pound missile was in attendance at the Florida – Tennessee game Saturday night and came away with an even better idea of wanting to play in this edition of the Gator defense.

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This is the second college game f the season that Doe has attended. There was a game a couple of weeks ago in Tallahassee that drew some attention nationally. This one was something to behold though and the crowd and atmosphere made a difference in Doe's opinion.

"I haven't been anywhere else but Florida State," he said. It was no comparison. . The crowd was like a 12th man, there were several times in the game where Tennessee had no idea what was going on. It was great and the student body came to play."

Equally impressive to Doe was the fact the defense swarmed to the ball and came out like gangbusters Saturday night. He saw it as something he wants to be a part of.

"It was a good game," he said. "I was impressed with the Florida defense they stepped up and made big plays. They played pretty good and got after the ball and I loved that."

The amount of talent in the stands was something the Gators had planned for quite a while. The Gators hosted a bevy of big time recruits this weekend for the game. According to Doe the recruits in attendance were all enjoying themselves.

"Carl Johnson was there," he said. "Jevan Snead, Jarred Fayson, Jamar Hornsby, Tim Tebow, I mean everybody was there. Everybody was enjoying it, we were in the recruit section and everyone was on their feet."

After the game Doe met with the Florida coaches and talked a little about the game and about the defense as a whole and their special night.

"I talked to Coach Strong and he told me that defense wins championships and they played a heck of a game," Doe said. "I talked to Coach Meyer and Hevesy too, really I talked to all of them and they all had something to say bout the defense."

Instead of Doe helping them to recruit to Florida by getting on the phone and calling other recruits, they want him to help recruit by his actions.

"They tell me to go out and play and do it on the field," he said. "Hopefully the other players can see what kind of players we have coming here."

Off to only a 1-3 start at Suwannee, Doe is doing his part. He is averaging a whopping 16 tackles a game for the Bulldogs. He thinks the team is getting better and is starting to make strides just as they are entering district competition.

Dustin Doe is a welcome recruit at a very needed position for the Gators. His athleticism and speed is just what makes the current defense as good as it is. His attitude on an off the field will help make the Gators recruiting class a special one.


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