Will Merci Be A Gator?

<B>UFI Exclusive</B><BR> Florida is pursuing OL prospect Merci Falaise. He did not sign with anyone in February. Falaise suffered a serious hip injury and had surgery last spring. He was planning on attending Georgia Military College but... <P> UFI speaks with OL Merci Falaise and his chances of becoming a Florida Gator.

Merci Falaise was widely regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in Georgia at this time last year. He suffered a hip injury late in the season and it required surgery last spring. Falaise played in all but two games last season but was never quite the same. The hip needed time to heal. Colleges couldn't wait. He was offered a scholarship by Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas but as time expired near Signing Day, these teams filled up and Falaise was without a college home. He planned to attend Georgia Military College to show schools he could still play the game. Then Florida called.

"Florida actually called about two months to see if I would be interested in coming," said Falaise. "Then, they called about two weeks ago and requested my medical records. I am supposed to hear back from then any day now… maybe later this week or early next week. Florida is looking at everything. I have been talking with Coach Wickline. I will likely take them up on the offer if they do offer."

The only other school that inquired about Falaise was Arkansas Pine Bluff. For now, he is just running, working out and stretching the hip. Falaise knows he needs more time.

"I am excited about the possibility of Florida. If it does work out, I will probably red-shirt so I can work on the hip, get stronger and into better shape. If it doesn't work out, I will plan on going to GMC."

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