UF Visit made up McFarland's Mind

The Florida Gators picked up a huge verbal commitment when 6-6, 230-pound tight end from Tampa (FL) Blake High School Michael McFarland made his decision on Monday. The tight end is the seventh player to verbally commit to the Gators for the class of 2010. McFarland feels fortunate to have this opportunity.

"I am truly blessed and give all thanks to God," Michael McFarland said. "I have been talking to Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Dan McCarney as well as my position coach, Coach Bryan White."

For McFarland this was an easy decision.

"The first time I went to visit Florida was with my head coach," he said. "Then I went with Calvin Barrs on my second trip and I also went to the junior day with Calvin. I went to the Florida/Citadel game last season and it was crazy. I mean the intensity when you walk in that stadium is amazing. I mean you hear about it but once you live it you won't believe it with 90,000 people in the stands it just doesn't get any better than that. When the team ran out of the tunnel I felt like I was already home."

McFarland talked about why he picked the Gators.

"When we went back for the junior day I had a chance to sit down with Coach Meyer in his office and talk about a bunch of different things one being my grades," he said. "Two days after and talking with my family and coach we decided that it was in my best interest to be a Gator so I called Florida and told them that I was committing to them and that I wanted to be a Gator. They were all so happy and told me they believe I can come in and be an all-American tight end type of player for them."

Not many people knew who Michael McFarland was, but they do now and more importantly college coaches know who he is as evident of his offer list. Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Kansas State, South Carolina, Alabama, Central Florida, Florida International, South Florida, North Carolina and North Carolina State in addition to Florida have all offered.

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