Will Muschamp, Travaris Robinson, and the Florida Gators picked up a big commitment Saturday after cornerback Chauncey Gardner committed to UF moments after being offered. Gardner took to twitter to announce his intentions, LeBron James style:
— Chauncey Gardner II (@StillDat_) June 14, 2014
Gardner attended camp in Gainesville this weekend and came away impressed with Florida’s coaching staff and facilities. He’ll have to wait a couple of years to get to UF, however. He’s only a junior in high school and is part of the 2016 recruiting class.
The 5-11, 170 pound from Cocoa High School in Cocoa, FL has good size and awareness that will give him an opportunity to see the field early. According to 247 Sports composite rankings, Gardner is a four-star prospect rated as the ninth-best cornerback, No. 16 player in Florida, and the 152nd player overall. He plays both sides of the ball, with versatility to play either running back or cornerback. The Gators will likely keep him in the defensive backfield.
What makes Gardner’s commitment all that much more interesting is Florida stole him from Miami. You may remember earlier this week, reportedly someone with ties to the Hurricanes football program turned in former wide receivers coach Joker Phillips for interacting with a recruit during a dead period. Gardner committed to Miami June 8th of 2013, only to flip to Florida just about a year later. He was the only commitment for the ‘Canes and now he joins three other future Gators in the 2016 class. Along with Gardner, wide receivers Tyler Byrd and Tre Jackson form a solid start to next year’s recruiting cycle. All three could play as a defensive back in Florida’s system.