RECRUITING: McCray Says "Still Committed"

The Gators hosted the second annual Friday Night Lights this weekend and the best collection of high school talent in the country made its way to Gainesville for the one day camp. The Gators had a great turnout and at the tip of the list of visitors was standout defensive lineman D'Angelo McCray. McCray is a verbal commitment to Florida that s still planning on visiting other schools.

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At 6-3, 280 pounds McCray was's Jacksonville combine MVP back in March. The number three rated defensive tackle in the country is a vital part of the Florida recruiting class that is looking to fill five vacancies at the end of the 2006 season, including three defensive tackles and the five most prominent linemen on the squad this season.

McCray was supposed to ride to Gainesville with teammate and running back Troy Pollard. Pollard couldn't make it, but McCray arrived a little early for the festivities around four in the afternoon.

"I was there until about midnight," the outgoing McCray said. "It was straight. I was with Torrey Davis most of the night. They were showing us some love, it was straight. It seemed like a regular camp, there were a lot of people competing but not a lot of good offensive linemen to compete against."

He knows that the coach he has committed to play for in college is an exceptional coach. Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach Greg Mattison will be the one directing him at Florida. He also knows that it is the style of defense he would like to play in which ranked higher in 2005 than any of the other teams he is considering. That was in large part to a defensive line that will all be playing their last season at Florida in 2006.

"Coach Mattison knows what he is talking about," McCray said. "The defense they run is really good."

McCray is possibly the most quoted prospect in high school football this year. He stays committed to Florida but is really looking at a bunch of different schools just to have a clear conscience about that decision. Those schools are also spending a long time recruiting him and the media that follow those schools have been steadfast covering it.

"I am still committed," McCray said about his choice of Florida. It is a great place, but my dad just wants me to look around. He doesn't want me to make a bad decision and wants me to look around at other programs and make sure."

He has three official visits lined up right now.

"Right now I am going to visit Illinois, USC, and Florida State," he said. "Those are the three I have set up for now. The USC visit is for probably the Arizona State game. I was going to visit for the Notre Dame game, but that is the week of the Florida / Florida State game."

He says right now he isn't planning on an official visit to Florida. He has been on the Gator campus too many times to count. But, he also plans on being in the Swamp a lot in the fall. He may have to set any other official visits before the end of the football season

"I will probably visit Florida for all the weekends I am not on officials," McCray said. "I am not sure that I will early enroll. My mom wants me to stay and enjoy my senior year, but my dad says it would be a good idea."

D'Angelo McCray is charismatic and outgoing off the field. He is truly a freak of nature and a beast on the football field. The Florida Gators look to have a great one coming for the class of 2007.

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