Gator Verbals

[MEDIA:32874]UFI/TheInsiders.com recently caught up with all the Florida commitments to talk about their senior seasons and how they feel about the team they picked - the Gators. Also, their could be some BIG recruiting news out of Gainesville very soon.

As it stands now, the Florida Gators have four verbal commitments - Justin Midgett (QB), Jermaine Moreira (WR), Clint McMillan (OL/DT) and Dwight Stephenson (DE/OLB). This week, I had a chance to check in with three of the four prospects.

Heading the list is Midgett. He was Florida's first verbal of the season. Midgett had a rough start, injuring his ankle early in the season but he has fought his way through the injury.

Midgett has led Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte High School to a top ten ranking and a 6-0 record.

"The ankle is getting better and better each week," said Midgett. "I am playing better and just trying to help this team go as far as we can. In regards to the Gators, I have been a fan for 17 years and I am going to Florida no matter what. I do not know why they have had their problems (on the field) but that doesn't matter to me."

Last week, Charlotte beat number three ranked Ft. Myers 22-7. In that game, Midgett was 16/27 for 252 yards and one score. Tonight, they take on Lakewood Ranch.

Jermaine Moreira is having a super senior season. For the last two years, Moreira was an option quarterback for Palm Beach Gardens High School. His family moved and he decided to transfer to his new high school home. He now plays mainly wide receiver for Dwyer High School. In six games, Dwyer is 6-0 and Moreira has 27 receptions for 480 yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively, he has one interception.

"I worked hard in the off-season and I have gotten faster," said Moreira. "I also get to play with a guy like Pete Martinsen (Minnesota commitment). You don't find to many good quarterbacks like him at this level. I am very fortunate. In regards to Florida, I knew there might be a drop off when Coach Spurrier left. I am a little surprised but I have no second thoughts. I will be a Florida Gator."

Moreira doesn't really have a preference of offense or defense when he comes to Florida, as long as he sees the field. But if he has his way, he wants to play wide receiver.

Clint McMillan from Oviedo High School is an athletic big man. McMillian, 6-3 and 270 pounds, is currently playing offensive guard and middle linebacker. At Florida, he hopes to play defensive tackle.

"This season has been a lot of fun because I rarely leave the field," said McMillan. "As a guard, I have improved on my technique and form. I stay low and drive people off the ball. I love linebacker because I can make some big hits and big plays. I am really happy about my decision with Florida. It is highly unlikely I would ever change."

According to McMillan, Michigan State offered him a scholarship a few weeks ago and West Virginia offered him earlier this week.

Dwight Stephenson, Jr. is a defensive prospect that verballed to Florida several weeks ago. He is the son of former Miami Dolphin All-Pro center Dwight Stephenson. He could play outside linebacker or defensive end at Florida. That is, if his commitment sticks. Stephenson is from Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton. Over the last few years, the Washington Huskies have signed some big-time blue-chipers from that school like Charles Frederick (WR), Rich Alexis (RB) and John Anderson (K). Stephenson remains good friends with all these guys so he may take a visit to Washington. Here is what he told Chris Fetters from TheInsiders' Dawgman.com earlier last week.

"It's not like it's written in stone or anything, but it's pretty solid right now," said Stephenson. "I want to take all five of my visits. I'll know when I'm taking them in the next few weeks."

Stephenson is well aware of the mini-pipeline that exists between PJPII and the University of Washington. "Actually, Washington is one of my top choices," said Stephenson. "There's definitely a pipeline from here to there, even though it's about as far away as you can get. Rich Alexis and ET (Charles Frederick) are a couple of my closest friends. They are in my top-3 for schools."

Tennessee, Washington, Florida and FSU appear to be the schools that he wants to visit, if he decides to go that route. For now, we will call Stephenson a soft commitment to Florida.

Look for some big recruiting news for the Gators in the coming days. This weekend, Justin Burks, the top Junior College linebacker in the nation, to officially visit Florida. A public commitment is likely. Also, the nation's number two rated quarterback, Chris Leak from Charlotte, North Carolina, will take his official visit to Florida. Leak has been a long time strong lean to Tennessee, where his brother (C.J.) plays. But Tennessee may have lost some ground with the younger Leak in the last week because of the playing time issue with C.J. at Tennessee against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Stay tuned. More Gator recruiting news soon to come. There could be some special teams help on the way.


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