Showers Talks Florida Commitment

Valdez Showers was going to have an announcement. He was going to have it on TV. In the end, he decided that it was time to play football, and quietly made a commitment to the SEC.

Florida landed a big time commitment from the Midwest today as four-star cornerback Valdez Showers committed to the Gators.

"I talked to Coach Meyer today," the 6'0, 181-lb cover man said. "He was fired up. He said they've been waiting for me to do it. He said to stay healthy this season, and get ready to come down there."

Showers had offers from schools from across the country, and it was not any one thing that swayed him to Florida, but a number of factors.

"They have great academics, and a great football program. I have a chance to compete for a national championship every year, and I didn't really want to stay in-state."

The chance to go South and get away from familiar surroundings was a key in this decision, and something Showers got a taste of when he first tripped to Gainesville and earned his offer. It was also a chance to show that Northern kids can play.

"Everybody was saying people from up here weren't as good as they are down South, so I went down there with a chip on my shoulder and showed what I can do."

With his team's first game Saturday, Showers did not want to waste any time making this commitment. Madison is a state title contender, and as one of their leaders, he did not want any distractions.

"Coaches were calling me, asking me if I could make it for any games this season. I told them I can't. It's been on my mind, and I wanted to just do it, and do what's right."

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