RECRUITING: UF is the right place for Wondy

The recruiting trail for the Florida Gators continues to bring surprises. The latest is a commitment from 6-0 176 pound cornerback Wondy Pierre-Louis from Lely High School in Naples. Wondy visited Florida during a summer camp session named ‘Friday Night Lights' and knew then that Florida would be a good place for him.

(Wondy Pierre-Louis profile)

The Haitian born and raised Pierre-Louis is a burner with raw ability but has the tools to be a big time player. He came to the University of Florida this week with an idea that it was where he wanted to be -- the proximity of the campus to his mother helped quite a bit.

"I committed to the University of Florida," he said while driving home from the airport. "It's close to home, I like the academics. When my mom comes from Haiti, she can come and see me. I committed this week, but I always knew if they offered a scholarship I was going there."

"I showed up Friday about noon. I talked to the academic people, the weight training coach, everything was good."

Freshman safety Dorian Munroe of Miami was his host on the weekend and Pierre-Louis, a man of few words, had a great time with his host. He also knows that Cornerback Coach Chuck Heater will make him a better player while he is on campus.

"Dorian Munroe was my host and he is a good guy," he said. "Coach Heater is a good guy. I think he will be a great coach for me. The Gator coaches liked my skills but said I will have to work hard to get a position."

He has played football for only four years so his football skills are a little raw. His biggest hurdle will be to clear the standard test score he needs to get into school. According to Pierre-Louis, he's on the way to accomplishing that.

"I should be there in June, but I don't know just yet," he said. "I just have to get a better test score on the SAT and I am taking it this weekend."

Wondy's high school coach, Lely Coach Chris Metzger, has high praise for Wondy and the rest of the recruiting class the Gators are putting together.

"I know one thing, Wondy is an unbelievable human being," Metzger said. "Florida is blessed with great recruits, but if you also look at it, they are getting great people. Wondy's athletic potential is unlimited. Having played the game for just a few years with his combination of size, speed, and athleticism, the sky is the limit. The style of defense they run is perfect, it isn't mentally taxing as much as physical, and so he is perfect for their scheme."

Coach Metzger also thinks Florida is the right place for Wondy. "The proximity and academic reputation were big," he said. "Coach Meyer's reputation is probably what sold him the most."

Although Wondy is raw at this stage in his career, he's got a lot of upside with his pure speed and athleticism and those can't be taught. He will help the Gators fill in a huge need at the cornerback position. He was previously committed to the University of West Virginia.

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