Freshman Preview: Buford's T.J. Pridemore

Next on our list of Peach State freshmen is former Buford High star T.J. Pridemore, who is now a Florida Gator.

Background: The fifth-ranked fullback prospect for the 2008 class and a highly-rated linebacker, T.J. Pridemore starred on a Buford High squad that was loaded with talent. The following was the scouting report report on Pridemore heading into his senior season a year ago: "Pridemore packs a punch and comes at you with everything he has. He can be an absolutely devastating hitter. What he lacks in quickness he makes up with desire, intensity and great football instincts. He shows good strength and vision to get off blocks and find the ball. When he gets to the ball Pridemore shows good tackling fundamentals. He's stellar against the run, whether it's coming at him or he has to give chase."

Recruitment: Pridemore gave nearby Georgia Tech a commitment prior to the start of his senior year and remained firm in his commitment to the Yellow Jackets for some time. But with the firing of former head coach Chan Gailey and the staff turnover, Pridemore re-opened his recruitment and eventually switched his commitment for good to Florida in January of this year.

At Florida: Pridemore could see time at linebacker at the collegiate level but more than likely he will start his career at the h-back position for head coach Urban Meyer.

A look at Pridemore in action:


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