FOUR BITS: Offer, future, sneakers, Spikes

By Adam Silverstein
July 15, 2010

1 » Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan has given a verbal scholarship offer to four-star 2012 shooting guard Michael Frazier (Tampa, FL), according to the St. Petersburg Times. Frazier, who currently boasts offers from 13 other schools ranging from Michigan to Harvard, has a 4.0 GPA and is “open to everybody right now.”

2 » Taking a look at Florida basketball on Thursday, Jeff Goodman of FOX Sports believes the Gators are in position to do something they have not done 2007 – make some serious noise in the NCAA Tournament. “Florida may not be what it was a few years back when the Gators won back-to-back national titles, but they are now in a position to make a deep tournament run over the next few years,” he writes. “In two years, the perimeter down in Gainesville will feature [Erving] Walker, [Kenny] Boynton, [Brad] Beal and Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario with a backcourt of [Patric] Young, [Erik] Murphy, [Cody] Larson and [Will] Yeguete.”

3 » To help promote the release of EA SportsNCAA Football 11 video game, the company teamed up with Nike to release a signature Nike Trainer for the occasion. Blue with orange and white accents, the sneaker features reminders of former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow’s “Promise” speech on Sept. 27, 2008, a company logo and mention of the video game. One picture can be seen here, but the rest can be found at The site reports that the shoe will be released in “extremely limited quantities in the very near future.” In other words…if you have the ability to buy them…pick up an extra size 11-11.5 for OGGOA…or we’re not friends anymore.

4 » Answering readers’ questions about the New England Patriotsyouth movement, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe touched on how some former Florida players are progressing. About linebacker Brandon Spikes specifically, Young says he “was already being asked to call signals in the huddle with the second unit during spring camps and could well challenge incumbent Gary Guyton” for the job. The coaching staff also values the versatility that tight end Aaron Hernandez brings to the table; he will mostly be used as a receiver and H-back and could end up being a starter.


  1. armygator says:

    I’ve heard rumors that Wilder verbally committed to the Gators. Heard anything?

  2. Rumors are false.

    JC Schurburtt (excuse spelling) of ESPN received an e-mail from “Wilder” claiming he committed. However, when reached for confirmation, Wilder, his father and his high school coach all denied the story. He still has a few visits to go on…but UF is his leader.

    I personally believe he will commit at Friday Night Lights…just my opinion. Would be a huge get.

  3. El Meester says:

    Adam, if I can get my hands on 2 pairs of 11-11.5, I got you. Better question: You got me?

    Heh, jk.

    Unless you do…

  4. Daniel M. says:

    those shoes will have some pop out of the box. Give em a month of wear and they’ll look like giant clown shoes. Count me out.

  5. Charles says:

    All I know is … it must be the shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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