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Florida safety signee John Huggins will join the Gators' defensive backfield competition this summer.

Florida Gators signees discuss highs and lows of recruiting process

Ryan Young

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Florida’s incoming freshmen reflect on recruitment

Florida safety signee John Huggins, who will join the program later this summer, had an interesting story to share about why he didn’t wind up back at Florida State after de-committing from the Seminoles in December.

Huggins re-opened his recruitment after coach Jimbo Fisher left FSU for Texas A&M, and new Seminoles coach Willie Taggart didn’t try very hard to get him back on board.

“Taggart would like come by the school, walk right past me like he didn’t know me or anything. So I was like, ‘All right,’” Huggins recalled. “Really, when they walked past me, I was like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to play them.’ I can’t wait to play them come fall. That game’s circled for me.”

Huggins told the story of how he ended up signing with Florida as part of SEC Country’s “Recruiting Rewind” series, as have a few of the Gators’ other signees who either arrived on campus last weekend or will in the coming months.

Here are the links to those stories:

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In other Florida football news

Recruiting roundup

  • Former Florida star cornerback Quincy Wilson is putting in a good word for the Gators in their recruitment of 4-star DB Josh Sanguinetti, who attends Wilson’s alma mater University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “The players that have been at U-School in the past years have pushed me real hard to be the player I am today,” Sanguinetti told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi. “I look up to guys like Quincy and we actually text each other. I’ve talked to him about Florida, of course.” Read the full story here.
  • Abolverdi writes that Florida has the inside track for 4-star defensive end Derick Hunter (Fort Myers, Fla.), despite some believing Georgia is the favorite to land him.

What they’re saying on Twitter

  • Gators broadcaster Mick Hubert is heading into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame:

  • The Gators wished legendary running back Emmitt Smith a happy birthday:

  • This looks familiar: Johnny Townsend holding for kicker Eddy Pineiro as both are now with the Oakland Raiders:

  • Florida quarterback Emory Jones and wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland getting in some work:

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