April 22, 2006

Sidell Corley: All the reasons why

The University of Florida is entering uncharted waters. Sure the Gators added Markus Manson and Chad Jackson in the past, but ninety-nine times out of a hundred, when an Alabama prospect is targeted by the instate colleges, that's where he ends up. This is that one time in a hundred when it didn't happen and the Gators were able to walk away with a big-timer.

This time around the prize is 6-foot-4, 250-pound Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen defensive lineman Sidell Corley.

"I wanted to make it a little earlier," Corley said of his commitment to the Gators. "My dad stopped me because he wanted me to see what other schools had to offer, but my family and all my friends think Florida's a great place and I think it's a great place and I wanted to make my commitment."

When opposing teams enter Alabama for a topnotch prospect, they usually leave empty handed if for no other reason than the fact that it is virtually impossible to say no to the instate colleges and their legions of die hard fans.

Corley had offers from both Alabama and Auburn, offers that were difficult to turn down.

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