Gators score big in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Six prospects announced their decisions during the Under Armour All-American game and two of them chose the Florida Gators.

The first prospect to pull the trigger inside Tropicana Field was four-star corner Johnavon Fulton out of Manning (S.C.).

Fulton sent signs throughout the week on the practice field with jestures that he was going to join Nick Saban's team made that official on Saturday.

Florida and Georgia were in it at one time for Fulton, but it came down to Alabama and South Carolina for him.

After Fulton made his decision, Dominique Easley surprised some with his pick.

Many expected the Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtus defefensive tackle to select Oregon on Saturday, but he chose Florida instead.

It seemed that Easely wanted to be a Gator back in the summer, but it looked like he had decided to go another route until he donned the UF hat earlier today.

"I have always loved Florida and I am excited to be a Gator," said Easley after the game.

He was named Team Nitro's M.V.P.

The first two prospects to commit chose SEC programs, but the third found a school in the ACC that he wanted to play for.

While Easley's decision surprised some, Kenny Shaw committing to Florida State did not.

Shaw is a very good wide receiver that has been leaning towards the Seminoles for months. It was just a matter of time for him and he made it happen on Saturday.

He chose FSU over schools like Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee.


Shaw chose FSU.
He is from Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips and another playmaker out of the Sunshine State was next to announce his decision in front of thousands of fans.

Five-star wide receiver Chris Dunkley ouit of Pahokee (FL) chose the school some thought he silently committed to over 12 months ago.

There had been plenty of rumors about Dunkley in recent days about him choosing FSU or Alabama, but he did what most experts expected on Saturday when he placed the blue Florida hat upon his head.

The news of him heading for Gainesville came as no surprise and he is happy about it.

"I am going to Florida baby," Dunkley said when talking Scout on Saturday. "I know I want to go there and be another great receiver to come out of there."

A guy that covers receivers stepped into the spotlight next.

One time Notre Dame commitment Toney Hurd from Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall announced on ESPN that he will be playing for Texas A&M next year.

When asked about why he chose the Aggies, he quickly stated, "it was just the right place for me."

Rounding out the commitments at the 2010 Under Armour All-American game was wide receiver Darius White.

The senior out of Ft. Worth (Texas) Dunbar had many thinking he was going to be a Cowboy at Oklahoma State, but he decided to stay home.

He thought about things for a minute and then picked up the burnt orange Texas Longhorn hat and placed it on his head.

Scout talked with White after the game and he admitted choosing the Horns was not easy.

"It took me a while to know where I wanted to go, but I chose Texas because I am most comfortbale there. Oklahoma State is a great school too and it was a tough choice."


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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