Midgett Talks About Summer Plans

[MEDIA:32874]<BR> Justin Midgett is the lone Gator commitment to date. The quarterback from Punta Gordan (Fla.) Charlotte High School has a busy summer season planned with seven on seven tournaments, Elite 11 and team workouts. Midgett talks about the coming weeks, Spring practice, the relief of recruiting, and Florida pursuing other QB prospects.

Florida's only commitment so far got some big news yesterday. Quarterback Justin Midgett was invited to the prestigious Elite 11 Camp. Student Sports selects the nation's top 12 quarterbacks and they bring them to California for a few days of intense quarterback training on the field and in the classroom.

"That has been one of my goals since I found out about the camp a few years ago," said Midgett. "I can not tell you how honored I feel to be invited. It's humbling. I can't wait to get out there and meet the other guys and share experiences with everyone."

Midgett, from Punta Gorda, Florida, attended the Nike Camp at Miami. There he was worried his camp performance would hurt his chances for the Elite 11. "I didn't put up my best performace and I was not feeling too good. I found out a few days later I had Strep throat. But I still learned a lot. People need to understand that you can take so much with you from that camp."

Elite 11 will be only one of many stops this summer for the future Gator. He will attend seven on seven camps Auburn and South Florida in June. Midgett will also camp at Florida. The Elite 11 camp is in July.

On Monday, he starts his off-season football workouts. His team recently completed spring practice with a 60-7 drubbing of Sebring. Midgett scored on an 80 yard TD run on the game's first play from scrimmage. He finished 9 of 12 for 212 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Midgett also had two passes dropped.

"Spring ball went great. I really feel that I am twice the player I was last year. I am reading defenses better, preparing better... I am a smarter and more mature player."

Midgett also does not have to carry the burden of the recruiting process on his shoulders because his decision has been made. "I am so happy I made the decision early. It is a load off of my mind. It helps me which helps the team. Now I don't feel like I have to press. I can do everything at full speed and not worry about mistakes."

Midgett knows Florida is still short a quarterback or two. Despite his pledge to the Gators, he is well aware they would like to sign one more. "I know they are recruiting other quarterbacks and it really doesn't bother me. I am confident in what I can do and I am dead set on going to Florida."


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