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February 21, 2014

Speedy wide receiver commits to Florida



On Friday the Florida Gators picked up their second commitment of the 2015 class when Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona wide receiver Deondre Farrier ended his recruitment early.

"He came to me this morning and said he though he wanted to commit to UF," Lake Nona head coach Anthony Paradiso told Inside the Gators. "We talked about it for about 30 or 45 minutes and then I called Coach [Will] Muschamp and [Joker] Phillips and spoke to them. I put Deondre on the phone with Coach Muschamp and he told him he wanted to be a Gator."

It is the second commitment for the 6-foot, 173-pounder, who was at one time committed to South Florida. Now instead of running with the Bulls, he will join his Lake Nona teammate, and 2014 Florida wide receiver signee Ryan Sousa in Gainesville.

According to Coach Paradiso Florida having Sousa in the fold was one of the many things that brought Farrier to the Gators.

"I think him playing in our offense with four or five receivers he knows the ball is going to be distributed," said Paradiso. "He started listening to Ryan and heard about what Florida is going to do on offense. It's close to home and he likes Coach Muschamp and Coach Phillips. I think there were multiple positive things pulling him to Florida."

Farrier visited Gainesville earlier this month for one of the Gators' Junior Days and got a chance to see everything on campus in-depth.

"He told me his mom is a big Gator fan and he always knew about Florida," said Paradiso. "He loved the campus and likes the coaches. At the end of the day I think Deondre wanted to stay close to home and the University of Florida was the best place for him."

The three-star pass catcher came to Lake Nona during his sophomore year. According to Coach Paradiso the Gators are getting a big time wide out.

"He had a goal and a purpose and learned a lot and competed with Ryan Sousa," said Paradiso. "Farrier jumped into the same routine and mold that we put Ryan through. Deondre is almost the ultimate receiver because he can play inside and outside, he has the burst, he can stretch the field vertically, and he is strong enough to play against a linebacker."

Last season the pair formed an unstoppable duo in the Lions' pass happy offense. For the year he caught 55 passes for 939 yards while scoring 7 touchdowns.

On top of his on-the-field production, he was one of the faster prospects during last month's Under Armour Combine, turning in 4.47 forty.


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