Buford High's T.J. Pridemore is a Gator

Former Georgia Tech commitment switched his allegiance to the University of Florida this weekend.

At one point in time a Georgia Tech commitment, Buford High star T.J. Pridemore let it be known this weekend that he definitely won't be playing collegiate ball in his home state.

Instead, he has opted to play just a little farther south at the University of Florida.

"I committed to coach Urban Meyer last night," Pridemore told FightinGators.com Sunday after returning from an official visit to Gainesville, Fla. "I knew coach Doc Holliday and his entire family, including his wife Diana and his son Cade who is a walk-on at the University of Florida. I've spent a lot of time with Cade and a lot of other players in the past."

As mentioned, the three-star linebacker was previously committed to Georgia Tech.

Last month new Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson made an in-home visit to speak with Pridemore, who later labeled the meeting between the two as going "real well."

But the 6-foot-2 and 235-pound athlete also let it be known at the same time that he would indeed listen to what other schools had to offer. As it turns out, the Gators proved this weekend that they did.

"Coach Holliday and coach Greg Mattison have been recruiting me to Florida this whole time and they stayed with me," Pridemore said in the same interview with FightinGators.com. "When I decided that Georgia Tech wasn't the best fit for me, I went there and told them face to face."

The Yellow Jackets may still not be out of it, however. Pridemore is set to take his final official visit this weekend when he heads to Atlanta to visit Georgia Tech.


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