WR/DB Hoping To Catch UM's Attention

UM signed Apopka defensive back Brandon Meriweather a few years back. The UM coaches returned to the area this year to check out his cousin, Eric Sledge.

At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Sledge plays on both sides of the ball. While he's played mostly defensive back at the prep level, he'll be playing more offense this year.

"I think my versatility sets me apart some," Sledge said. "I can play on both sides. Most of the colleges haven't even tape of me playing receiver yet."

Sledge, who finished last season with 75 tackles and one interception, picked up a number of scholarship offers this past spring.

"I have a bunch of offers now," he said. "Some of the big ones who offered are West Virginia, Ohio State, and Michigan State. I like those teams plus Florida and Miami. Florida State ain't really making it seem like they want me too much."

Sledge was in Gainesville for Florida's camp this past weekend and he's hoping for an offer.

"They came to see me in the spring and then called me at my house and everything," he said. "They said if I go up there and prove myself that I'll have a scholarship waiting for me. That's what I'm gonna try to do."

Sledge said Miami has shown some interest, although not as much.

"The coach from Miami came by the school this spring," he said. "He came to see me and Quentin (Taylor, a LB recruit at Apopka). Brandon Meriweather is my cosuin and he tells me how nice it is and everything there. But they haven't offered or anything like that yet."

Sledge carries a 3.0 GPA in the classroom and also plans to camp at West Virginia this summer.

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