McCray adds Speed to Gator D

Once committed to the Miami Hurricanes, the nation's No. 11 ranked weakside linebacker Lerentee McCray has decided he will stay in the state of Florida, but just attend a different school.

"Some things happened and I decided that Miami wasn't the place for me," Lerentee McCray said. "A lot of teams started recruiting me again like Florida, Florida State, LSU and Michigan but I decided that I wanted to commit to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators. I have been to just about all the home games this year and felt like Florida was the best place for me to be. I have been to Gainesville around 10-15 times this past year and love all the players and coaches and can't wait to play in The Swamp next year."

McCray is from Dunnellon (Fla.) High School and did a little bit of everything including his role at linebacker. He also saw time as a kick returnee, played on special teams and lined up at wide receiver on occasion. At 6-2 and close to 210-pounds, McCray has tremendous speed (4.5), quickness and moves great sideline to sideline. McCray can bench press over 300 pounds, squat 525 and has a 38-inch vertical jump.

It was important for McCray and his family to feel comfortable with this decision and that's exactly what Meyer and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Charlie Strong did.

"I love both coach Meyer and coach Strong," McCray said. "I spoke to coach Meyer all the time when it was allowed and coach Strong was at my school a few times this past year. Both those guys made me a priority and I am just glad to be a part of that team and university. The coaching staff at Florida has known for a while now, but I felt like now was the time for me to go ahead and go public and get it out of the way."

As far as what the Florida fans can expect to see out of McCray he had this to say.

"I am a guy that brings a lot of athletic ability and speed to the defense," he said. "I have great range and go 100 percent on every single play when I am in the game."

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