GW's Sharrif Floyd tabs Florida

George Washington High School's Sharrif Floyd has announced his decision to attend Florida. (Sarah J. Glover / Staff Photographer)

By Rick O’Brien

As he had promised throughout the fall, George Washington’s Sharrif Floyd waited until he was in front of a nationally televised audience before announcing his college destination.

At halftime of the 10th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Floyd, ranked as one of the top defensive tackles in the country by several publications, orally committed to Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound senior narrowed his choices to Florida, Ohio State, North Carolina and South Carolina. This afternoon, with baseball caps representing those four schools in front of him, he donned the one with a gator on the front of it.

While the status of Florida head coach Urban Meyer is up in the air due to his leave of absence, Floyd’s close relationship with interim coach Steve Addazio, a longtime assistant, helped keep the Gators at the top of the blue-chip recruit’s list.

In the first quarter of the all-star game, Floyd, wearing his usual No. 73 jersey, stormed through the line and pressured West quarterback Connor Wood before he fired a 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ronald Powell.

A two-way tackle for George Washington, Floyd this week was announced as a finalist for the Anthony Munoz National Lineman of the Year Award.

Powered by Floyd, the Eagles this season went 8-3 and won their third consecutive Public League championship. He was a first-team all-Southeastern selection on defense by The Inquirer.

Like all high school football recruits, Floyd cannot sign a binding national letter of intent until Feb. 3.

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