In addition, 2006 football signees Percy Harvin (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown HS) and Wondy Pierre-Louis (Naples, Fla./Lely HS) will compete for the Gator track and field team in 2007.
"I am very excited about this incoming class as it covers all event areas - jumps, throws, sprints, hurdles, multi events, distance and middle distance - and includes several athletes who we believe will come in and contribute right away," Florida men's head coach Mike Holloway said. "Coach Jeff Pigg and Coach Dan Pfaff both did outstanding jobs in helping put this outstanding class together.
"The majority of these young men are state champions, which means they are accustomed to competing at a high level and competing for championships."
Alberter will transfer from Rend Lake Community College where was a four-time National Junior College Athletic Association national champion. He won national titles at the 2006 NJCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m (1:53.62), 4x800m (7:52.74) and distance medley relay (10:17.50) to go along with a national title at the 2005 outdoor meet in the 4x800m (7:37.64). Alberter has earned a total of 11 NJCAA All-America honors, including runner-up finishes at the 2005 outdoor meet in the 800m (1:50.85) and the 2005 indoor meet in the 800m (1:58.65). He holds the school record in both the indoor 800m (1:53.08) and the outdoor 800m (1:49.86).
Autry finished third in the 2006 Florida Class 3A State Championships in the shot put. At the meet, Autry posted a PR of 56-8 to take third. He claimed the Region 1 title with a throw of 52-6 and the District 4 crown with a toss of 53-4 as Autry improved on his PR by nearly five feet from his junior season to the end of his senior season. He also played football and was the MVP of the 2005 Florida Shine Bowl after recording 3.5 sacks and a blocked PAT.
Blaney owns PRs of 4:22.41 in the 1,600m and 9:28.40 in the 3,200m. He claimed the 2005 Florida Class 3A cross country state title in 16:05 in winning the event by more than six seconds and becoming the first runner from Osceola County to win a state cross country title. The Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2005, Blaney went on to excel during the track season where he took second in the Florida Class 3A State Championships in the 3,200m in 9:33.56.
Brown originally hails from Houston, Texas and competed at Eisenhower High School. Most recently, he attended Florida Community College in Jacksonville after initially attending Prairie View A&M. Brown owns personal bests of 10.52 in the 100m and 21.85 in the 200m.
One of two pole vaulters in the spring class, Foran boats a PR of 15-5 in the event. In 2006, he claimed the Florida Class 3A state title with a vault of 15-0 in helping St. Thomas Aquinas to a fourth-place finish. He also claimed the Region 4 and District 16 titles in the vault in 2006. The son of Bill Foran, the Miami Heat strength and conditioning coach, Eric also finished third at the 2005 Class 3A state meet with a mark of 14-0 in the pole vault.
Hall burst onto the national radar with an impressive effort at the 2006 Florida Class 3A State Championships. Hall won the 100m title in a blistering 10.44 - a time that ranks among the national high school leaders in 2006. He also finished second in the 200m dash in 21.23 to future teammate Calvin Smith. Hall improved dramatically from his junior year to his senior season as he finished sixth at the 2005 state meet in the 100m (11.04) and sixth in the 400m (49.16). He owns PRs of 10.44 in the 100m, 21.23 in the 200m and 48.93 in the 400m.
The other pole vaulter in the class, Hamilton is coming off a fine outdoor season in which he finished second at the Florida Class 4A Championships with a mark of 13-6. He owns a personal best of 14-6, which he set at the 2006 Class 4A Region 1 meet by finishing second. The 2005 Class 4A Region 1 champion, Hamilton finished seventh at the 2005 Class 4A state meet with a vault of 12-6.
Harvin, who was rated as the top football recruit in the nation in his class by Rivals.com as a wide receiver, didn't compete on the track in 2006, but had an incredible junior campaign at Landstown High School. At the 2005 Virginia Class AAA state meet, he became the first athlete in 69 years to capture five state titles. He won the 100m (10.69), 200m (21.59), long jump (23-5.50) and triple jump (47-7) and ran on the winning 4x100m relay. That came on the heels of an indoor triple jump state title (48-2.50) and the state crown in the outdoor long jump (23-5.25) as a sophomore in 2004. During his junior season, he ranked among the national leaders with a wind-aided time of 10.43 in the 100m, a wind-aided time of 21.19 in the 200m and a mark of 24-3.50 in the long jump.
Nelson has a PR of 152-4 in the discus, which he achieved at the 2005 Florida Class 3A District 9 meet where he helped Sickles to the district title. Nelson finished 11th at the 2005 Florida Class 3A state meet with a mark of 138-9 and took third in the Region 3 meet last year with a throw of 148-3. In 2006, Nelson finished second at the FSU Relays with a toss of 149-8.
Pierre-Louis, who will play cornerback for the football team, didn't compete in track and field as a senior, but had a stellar junior season in 2005. He ranked among the nation's elite with bests of 24-8 in the long jump and 49-2 in the triple jump. He captured the Florida Class 4A state titles in 2005 in both the long jump (23-11) and the triple jump (48-0).
Smith is coming off a solid showing at the Florida Class 3A State Championships where he won the 200m title in 21.20 and finished third in the 400m (47.25) and 4x400m (3:17.85). The son of former 100m world-record holder and two-time 200m world champion Calvin Smith, Sr., the younger Smith owns a PR of 21.17 in the 200m and 47.25 in the 400m. At the 2005 Class 3A state meet, he finished fourth in the 400m (48.71) and ninth in the 200m (23.53). As a sophomore, he competed at the 3A meet as a member of the 4x400m relay that finished 12th in 3:25.81.
Theriac joined his brother and current Gator Jet Theriac as a Florida Class 2A state champion in the discus this year. At the 2006 meet, Theriac claimed his first state crown with a mark of 167-11 to win the event by more than 15 feet in helping Cocoa Beach to fifth place in the team standings. Theriac also claimed the Region 4 and District 13 titles in the discus in 2006.
The 10 athletes will join Ben Brammeier (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway South HS), Mike Morrison (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge HS) and Carrington Queen (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester HS), who each signed letters during the early signing period.
Morrison owns the top pole vault mark in the nation in the high school ranks at 17-6.50 and is one of the top decathletes in the country, while Queen was ranked by Track and Field News as the No. 2 110m hurdler in the nation this year and recently claimed the Pennsylvania Class AAA state title. Brammeier was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning the Class 4A state title in 15:59.54.