Bushell Comments on Commitment

Gator commitment Adrian Bushell is one of the top cornerbacks in the state of Texas, and today he spoke publicly for the first time about his commitment to Florida.

"I chose Florida because I felt comfortable there and so did my mom," Adrian Bushell said. "We felt great about the visit and my mom and I think it's the best place for me. I also like the fact that there are some early opportunities for me to get on the field."

Bushell has only been playing corner for one season, but his athletic ability has allowed him to adjust quickly.

"I have good size, great speed," he said. "I'm still trying different things since this is my first year playing cornerback. I've had a lot of success this past season and I've been blessed with a lot of talent."

With family members living in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, UF was the perfect choice.

"Everyone can come and see me play if they want to," Bushell said. "My entire family can come see me play if they want to."

And Bushell created strong relationships with both head coach Urban Meyer and recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater.

"Coach Meyer is actually a pretty funny guy," Bushell said. "He tells a lot of jokes. I love the family atmosphere he's created in Gainesville."

"Coach Heater is a really cool guy," he added. "He stressed to me an opportunity to come in and play, but at the same time he never promised me anything. But at the end of the day it depends on me and my work ethic as far as my opportunity for early playing time."

Bushell transferred to De Soto from Miami (Fla.) Pace. It was as a defensive back at De Soto where he did most of his damage, though. De Soto head coach Dave Meadows talked about one of his star athletes.

"Adrian is a super player," Meadows said. "He played two-thirds of the entire game on the offensive side of the ball and the entire game on the defensive side of the ball. He is a true lock down corner in every sense of the word."

Bushell is 5-10.5, 188-pounds but his coach says he plays bigger.

"He has legitimate 4.4 speed," Meadows said. "He is just a super athlete that was matched up with the state's top wide receivers each week and ended the year with five interceptions."

"Adrian leads by example," he added. "He is a guy that doesn't do much talking on the field because his actions speak for him. He is always in the right place at the right time, and as a coach, I never had to worry about him going full speed on every play. He is a tremendous practice player on top of that."

Dallas Morning News video interview with Adrian Bushell

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