April 9, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker coach D.J. Durkin during the first half of the Orange and Blue Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Hitter: Hearns No Longer A Part of Florida Gators Recruiting Class


James Hearns, a linebacker from Tallahassee Lincoln high school announced today he is no longer committed to the University of Florida. A long time commitment, he was the Gators third original commit in this year’s class, he is apparently the victim of grades.

In a story posted on the Gainesville Sun’s gatorsports.com website, Hearns was quoted as saying that new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin contacted him on Wednesday evening to inform him that they could not take him in this class due to his grades.

He said they had been aware of his grade issues for awhile and had been monitoring the situation but apparently reached a point where they felt like he wouldn’t be able to meet UF standards and decided to go ahead and cut ties.giving him an opportunity to seek out other options.

He had taken a surprise visit to Auburn this past weekend and had announced an upcoming one this coming weekend to Kentucky and at point the rumors were that he might be a grades casualty. Usually when committed kids start taking surprise visits this late it is a matter of not making the grade at the school they are committed to.

Coaches, of course, are unable to comment on recruits until after they sign a LOI to their school so there obviously has been no official word on the situation.

It appears that the only recruit left on the staff’s board at linebacker, where they still have four committed, is former commit Quinton Powell who announced the other day he would not take any more visits and was down to Florida and USC. A good friend and former teammate of Leonard Williams who was down to Florida and USC last season and ultimately chose SC, Powell is expected to announce for the Trojans come signing day.

Stay tuned to HailFloridaHail for the latest updates from the Gator recruiting front as signing day 2013 approaches.

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