Mordecai McDaniel flips from Tennessee to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators picked up a big commitment on Friday when they flipped safety Mordecai McDaniel (6-1, 195, Washington DC. St. John’s College) from Tennessee.

“I would like to say that I will be attending the University of Florida,” McDaniel tweeted.

McDaniel committed to Tennessee in August but took an official visit to Gainesville for the Orange and Blue spring game in April.

“I like the DBU tradition down there,” McDaniel said of his Florida trip in April. “They said I would fit the defense perfectly and I would more than effective for them.”

Defensive backs coach Torrian Gray has stayed in touch with McDaniel despite his commitment to Tennessee and that led to Sunday’s flip.

McDaniel is not only a good football player but he wants to run track in college and as a junior the safety won the DC State championship in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.54 seconds.

With McDaniel’s commitment the Gators now have 24 commitments and he joins safeties Rashad Torrence and Marc Britt in the class. The Gators are looking to reload at the safety position as they will lose Jeawon Taylor to graduation and also have three juniors at the position.

McDaniel is the 7th defensive back in the class joining Avery Helm, Jahari Rogers, Rashad Torrence, Marc Britt, Tre’Vez Johnson and Fenley Graham in the class.


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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, 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.