Gators Land No. 7

The Florida Gators added another offensive lineman from the Class of 2009 on Monday when Groveland (Fla.) South Lake High School standout Jonotthan Harrison made his decision public.

"I am really excited to be a Gator," Harrison told "It has been my life long dream to play football at my favorite university. "

Harrison held close to 20 offers, including each of the big three from Florida, but the Gators got the nod because of Harrison's relationship with the coaching staff among other things.

"It was the coaching staff, location and the overall feeling that I had inside," he said. "Also how I felt the staff and current players would welcome me in as a teammate, my parents and my current coaches. It is a relief to get the recruiting process over."

Last Monday, Harrison made the short trip up to Gainesville to meet with the coaching staff and get another tour of the campus. He's been to UF eight times including four games last season and this spring's Orange and Blue Game, but this was the trip where Harrison was looking to decide if Florida was the right place for him. As the visit wrapped up, he told head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Steve Addazio that he wanted to be a Gator.

"I had the best feeling of warmth and acceptance from the staff," Harrison said. "Coach Meyer was not only close to me but my entire family. He was one of the few head coaches that was heavily involved in my recruitment. Coach Addazio was very honest and up front with not only me but my parents as well. I like the security of knowing that the coaching staff will stay together while I am at Florida. The city of Gainesville already feels like home."

And both Meyer and Addazio were just as happy that Harrison made the decision.

"They were very excited and coach Meyer instantly came over and gave me a hug," Harrison said. "They were so relieved that I made the decision to be a Florida Gator. Coach Addazio did the same thing and was very excited as well."

For Harrison's mom and dad, they agree that Florida is the right place for their son.

"I am extremely proud and happy for him," Robert Vorasky said. "I liked how Florida made him feel at home. He had a great attachment with coach Meyer and coach Addazio, and as parents, that was important to us. We were extremely excited to get this out of the way. We were not sure that he was going to make his decision on Monday so we were all relieved when he decided. It frees up his summer and ours as well."

"I am happy and excited and he now has his summer freed up," Jennifer Vorasky said. "I know that it has been stressful for him because it was taking up his summer. I know that he made the right choice, and he always makes the right choice with whatever he feels. Because of that, I am happy with his choice."

South Lake High School is becoming a pipeline for the Florida Gators. Harrison is the fourth prospect to commit to the Gators since the year 2000, including offensive tackle Carlton Medder and athlete Jeff Demps.

"This is the fourth player in seven years we have sent to Florida and that speaks a lot about our community and how hard the kids work here at South Lake," head coach Walter Banks said. "I think he will fit in once he gets up there and learns coach Addazio's system and terminology. He already has speed, strength, mental toughness and knowledge of the game, which you need to be a successful lineman."

Aside from his speed and strength, Harrison said he is a technician when it comes to handling the offensive tackle position.

"I am more of a technician, and I am a little more quiet than most," he said. "I let the other players do all the talking. I get fired up every game, but I am not the person to run my mouth. I like to let my play do the talking."

"I think he is definitely a big time college left tackle because he has the attributes like quickness, both physical and mental toughness and knowledge of the game," Banks said. "He has learned how to be a great leader from former players like Jeff Demps and Travis Allen. He has become a leader for us on the field, in the weight room, classroom and in the community."

With the decision out of the way, Harrison is ready to focus on his senior season and final year of school. He reports a GPA of 3.9 and is interested in majoring in the medical field.

For his mom, she's happy she'll still get to watch him play when he heads of to college.

"It is such a nice drive from here to Gainesville," Jennifer Vorasky said. "It's such a nice drive and a great feeling that is he that close and we will be able to go to the games. I know he wants to go his own way but as parents I love that he is only an hour and a half away."

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