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Gators flip four-star QB away from in-state rival ‘Noles

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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.

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9 Responses to “Gators flip four-star QB away from in-state rival ‘Noles”
  1. stoicpaisano says: Feb 5, 2014 10:05 AM

    Look. grier will likely have a fine career, but never sleep on a hungry kid from the ‘state’ of Miami. If there’s one thing for sure, Harris faced a much higher level of competition at Booker T.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Feb 5, 2014 10:05 AM

    Can’t wait for Noles fans to come on here and talk about “how they saw him play and he actually wasn’t that good”

  3. mydixienormus says: Feb 5, 2014 10:17 AM

    Did this guy watch Florida lose almost every game this year?

    Will Grier is the Parade Magazine player of the year.

    Smart move kid. We will probably be reading about you transferring in a year or so.

  4. woebegong says: Feb 5, 2014 10:18 AM

    I would say that Florida filled a very pressing need signing a QB. They seem to have been looking for an adequate leader at that position since Tim T. left for the NFL. They have had a few kids with athletic talent but for whatever reason, coaching, most likely, they just haven’t had a solid leader at that position. Now it is up to the new OC, to utilize this gifted young man.

  5. blacknole08 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:17 AM

    Its his loss. FSU has already moved on. Enjoy losing in Gainesville.

  6. realfootballfan says: Feb 5, 2014 11:43 AM

    He’d better hope he’s in the next coach’s plans. Will Muschamp might be on staff at FSU a year from now considering how close him and Jimbo are, lol.

  7. lastdukestreetking says: Feb 5, 2014 11:43 AM

    Realistically, the 2 qbs going to UF have a chance to play right away which is important to them. It would be for me if I were in their shoes. I don’t see why UF would stick with Driskell unless both these guys play poorly in pre-season camp. At FSU, an incoming qb would have to wait at least one year behind Winston.

  8. donovandancy says: Feb 5, 2014 12:43 PM

    Just like Fowler enjoys playing at UF, Treon will be the same. At least he can take december off next year too.

  9. noleitup says: Feb 5, 2014 3:20 PM

    I honestly think he knew he wouldn’t have much of a shot at qb at FSU and Muschump probably made him well aware of that. I wish the kid the best but I really think he’ll regret this decision. Hopefully he balls out except for when he plays us.

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