Farrier living out the dream

During the last few years Florida has gotten a number of early commitments who eventually changed their minds and went somewhere else. Wide receiver Deondre Farrier (6-0, 173, Orlando, FL Lake Nona) is a Florida commitment who has recently picked up offers from other big time programs but he remains solid in his pledge to Florida.

“I’m solid to Florida,” Farrier said. “USC recently offered me though but that doesn’t affect my commitment status. Florida is where I see myself at.”

For Farrier there are a number of reasons why he committed to Florida but maybe none bigger than his mom who grew up pulling for the orange and blue.

“My mom has been a Gator fan her whole life and I’ve grown up rooting for Florida,” Farrier said. “When I went up to Florida I just met everyone and they were the right people. I look at Joker (Phillips) as like my head coach in high school and that we have a good relationship with each other.”

When Farrier and his mother realized he had received an offer from the Gators it was a shock for both mom and son. There was a time when Farrier never though he would have the opportunity to play Division I football.

“My mom almost had a heart attack when I got the Florida offer,” Farrier said. “Me and her never knew I would have this big of an opportunity because I was just playing football to stay out of trouble and keep busy. She was real happy when I committed to Florida and it’s been a dream come true for me.”

Next up for Farrier is a plan trip to see his future team in spring practice where he will visit with mom.

“I’m going to visit Florida for a spring practice,” Farrier said. “I don’t have any other visit plans to any other schools.”

Farrier won the MVP award for best receiver at the Orlando NFTC camp on Saturday and was also awarded an invite to the Opening in Oregon this summer.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.