RECRUITING: Hornsby 5th Gator In US Army Game

Tuesday night, Florida commitment Jamar Hornsby was announced as the newest member of the East team for the US Army All-American Game (sponsored by which will be played January 7 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. Even though he won't be able to play because of a knee injury suffered during his high school season at Jacksonville Sandalwood, Hornsby knows it is an honor to be selected as one of the best 78 players in the country.

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Hornsby is the fourth Florida commitment to be chosen for the game. The others are offensive lineman Carl Johnson of Durham (NC) Southern; quarterback/wide receiver Jarred Fayson of Tampa (FL) Hillsborough; defensive lineman Corey Hobbs of Oviedo; and quarterback Tim Tebow of St. Augustine (FL) Nease.

"It is a great honor," said Hornsby after he was announced to his home crowd between a JV and varsity basketball game. "I feel it is great to be selected among that many people. I saw Maurice Wells (formerly of Sandalwood, now of Ohio State) go last year and I told myself I want to be in the position next year. I worked hard to be in position for it until I got hurt."

Hornsby is a 6-4, 195-pounder who excels on offense as a wide receiver and on defense at safety. He is rated five stars by He had an outstanding senior season that ended with a slight tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee on the next last play of the last game of the season. The injury will keep him off the field in San Antonio but it won't slow down his plans for playing at Florida as a true freshman.

He's already doing rehabilitation work to strengthen the ligament even before he has surgery.

"I have been going to rehab for three hours a day and I have a full range of motion," he said. "I have surgery next week and should be good and 100 percent for spring ball."

Prior to the ceremony which announced him as an Army All-American Hornsby and Florida wide receivers Coach Billy Gonzales watched as one of Hornsby's best buddies from the recruiting trails made his commitment to the Gators.

"Coach Gonzales and I were watching the Tebow thing on the television when it happened," Hornsby said. "He [Gonzales] said now we have a quarterback to get us the ball for the next four years. Tim is a down to earth person and a ball player. He wants to be surrounded by great players and coaches."

Like Tebow, who is a very vocal player on the field, Hornsby is very outgoing and a talker on the football field. He's shown the ability to talk the talk and walk the walk.

"I will bring some spice," he said. "I have a different spice than anyone else. I am outspoken and like to talk on the field."

There has been some speculation, particularly from a website of a rival team to the west that Hornsby's grades are at issue. He offered some reassurance to Gator fans Tuesday night that he will be good to go in Gainesville for Summer B when the bulk of the freshman class assembles at the University of Florida.

"I just found I raised my GPA to a 3.3 so my test doesn't have to be as high," he said. "I just took the ACT and the SAT and my scores should be coming back soon."

He's still hoping that he will be allowed to travel to San Antonio for the Army game even though he won't be able to play. His absence from the game will take away a real character on the field. Off the field, his commitment to the Gators has spoken volumes. It was his commitment to Florida after the South Carolina loss back in November that got the Gator recruiting train rolling.

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