Florida State may have gotten the best of in-state rival Florida three out of the last four years on the football field, but it was the Gators getting over on the Seminoles on the recruiting trail Wednesday morning.
In somewhat of a surprise announcement, four-star quarterback Treon Harris confirmed that he will be signing with UF instead of FSU. The Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington product committed to Florida State last summer, but took visits to Florida, Auburn and Miami during the final three weeks before signing day. The opportunity to play in a spread-style offense, which UF will implement under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, reportedly played a significant role in the flip.
Harris is the second four-star quarterback in UF’s 2014 class, joining early enrollee Will Grier. Grier is the No.2-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com, while Harris is No. 3.
Don’t shed too many tears for FSU, however. In addition to having reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston for at least another season, the defending BCS champions also added J.J. Cosentino to this year’s class.
The Pittsburgh high schooler is also a four-star recruit rated as the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country.
For what it’s worth, Florida State is currently No. 5 in Rivals.com‘s team rankings, while Florida comes in at No. 7. The remainder of the Top Five consists of Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M at Nos. 1-4, respectively.