Florida Football: Gators avoid the Baby Gronk circus

The social media influencer known as "Baby Gronk" had Florida in his "Top 30," but will be going to Ohio State...in about 7-8 years...maybe
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Florida Football can be a circus sometimes. Metaphorically of course, not the literal circus they have in Tallahassee.

But while we are in the season of players committing to schools across the country, there was one "commitment" on Friday that most Gators fans were fine with not landing.

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Baby Gronk did not choose to commit to the Florida Gators.

If you are confused, let's hit the rewind button.

Baby Gronk, whose real name is Madden San Miguel, broke onto the scene last year as a social media sensation for his viral videos playing football. They were fun videos, but Baby Gronk was also ten years old. If it had stayed as just one-off videos, whatever. But from the outside, it appears his father, Jake San Miguel, saw dollar signs and had a chance to market his son.

And by market, we mean exploit. Miguel manages all of Baby Gronk's social media pages and has over 500,000 followers on Instagram. He will tell anyone willing to listen that his son will one day make it to the NFL as the next big thing. Even if you didn't ask, there are multiple anecdotes where he will DM you nonstop, insisting that his son will make it.

Pyramid scheme entrepreneurs aren't as aggressive as this man.

Now if you are asking what any of this has to do with the Florida Gators, since we are a Gator site after all, Baby Gronk dropped his "top 30 schools" recently and Florida was on it.

Reminder, this child is in the fifth grade.

Mr. Miguel is possibly unfamiliar with the fact that in sixth grade, children do this thing called a growth spurt, and the advantages his son enjoys now will probably be dissipated as others catch up in size.

Baby Gronk "committed" today and thankfully he did not choose Florida. Baby Gronk, I mean Jake Miguel, "chose" Ohio State.

I'm not even going to poke fun at Ohio State because I'm sure they didn't ask for this nonsense either. Jake Miguel's son might make it one day; I'm not saying his chances are zero. But rather than let his kid be a kid, he thrusts him into the limelight that now has to have community notes unerneath his "commitment" post.

Kendrick Lamar may have been talking about Drake, but he also could have been talking to Mr. Miguel when he said:

"A pathetic master manipulator, I can smell the tales on you now. You'rе not a rap artist, you a scam artist with the hopes of being accеpted."

Please continue to keep this circus as far away from Gainesville as possible.