"They Better Get Ready!"

With the rumor mill swirling about what went on in Gainesville this past weekend FightinGators.com went right to the source. Here is what happened according to Dee Finley.

Coach Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators landed their second commitment of the 2008 recruiting class when super safety Dee Finley decided enough was enough. Dee Finley, at 6-3, 200-pounds, ranks as the No. 44 player in the country according to Scout.com's most recent release of the Top 100 as well as one of the top three safeties across the land.

He has incredible football awareness and tackling ability that makes him a perfect fit at the free safety position. Finley shared his thoughts about what went on in Gainesville.

"I left Thursday night with a friend of mine and headed to Gainesville," he said. "As soon as I got on campus Friday morning coach Chuck Heater was waiting for me. Coach was just excited to see me, and I was just glad to be on campus. As soon as I arrived on campus, I was very excited before I even saw him. Once we got together and talked, I was real fired up to be in Gainesville. After that, we went up stairs, and I had a chance to meet the rest of the coaching staff including head coach Urban Meyer. After that, we took a tour of the entire campus and football facilities, it was amazing to me."

Finley was trying to remain open about the recruiting process; there were only three schools that had a chance for his services - Florida, Auburn and LSU. Contrary to what most people are saying, Finley did not head to Florida with the thought of pulling the trigger this early in the process.

"I have been to Auburn and LSU," Finley said. "Florida was the only one that I had not seen, and I was ready to see what they had to offer. In my head, I could only see myself playing for those three schools. I was ready to see The Swamp, but if Florida wasn't it, I had two more choices after that. Fortunately, I knew when I stepped on campus, I would play for the Gators."

One highlight of the trip for Finley was finally sitting down with Urban Meyer on Friday and Saturday for about thirty minutes on each occasion.

"Saturday I met with the coaches again, including coach Meyer, and we had a great talk basically just about football," Finley said. "After that, we took a tour of the academic center and then after that I went back, spoke with coach Meyer, and decided I was making my decision to him. He went crazy. I don't remember his exact words, but I couldn't tell you who was more excited, coach Meyer or me."

While many project Finley to end up at the linebacker position at the next level that is not what Finley says.

"A lot of people have been saying that I could play linebacker, but the Florida staff likes me at the free safety spot," he said. "That is the position that I have been coached to play and that is where the staff likes me. I play the safety position as good as or better than anyone in the country."

Sunday, Finley had a little down time to tour Gainesville on his own.

"Sunday was cool," he said. "We had a chance to tour on our own and hang out with some of the other recruits that were in Gainesville. I was with Tyler Love and he and I had a chance to go and grab something to eat. Tyler loved the visit as well. It was the first time I had a chance to meet him, but now we are pretty tight."

Finley and his parents are glad that the process is over. It has been a long and hard grind as far as recruiting goes and they are ready to put it all behind them, so they can focus on Finley's senior season. He will meet with his academic advisers about the possibility of graduating early so he can get that extra spring practice under his belt.

Finley had this to say to the Florida fans.

"They better get ready!" Finley said. "I break on the ball better than anyone does. I hold down the middle of the field better than any other safety in America. I love to hit and am a very sound tackler. When I get to the ball carrier he will know. I am so ready to get to Gainesville and get in their speed camp. I cannot wait to get to Florida, start my career and get better."

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