Florida State University was Jordan Scarlett’s favorite school during his sophomore year of high school.
But a lot can change over a matter of years.
Scarlett, a four-star running back who played at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas last season, announced his commitment Monday to play college football at the University of Florida instead of FSU and the University of Miami.
His commitment was part of a final push to Wednesday’s signing day for new Gators coach Jim McElwain.
On Monday night, Florida also picked up a commitment from Chris Williamson, a four-star cornerback/athlete from Gainesville, Ga., who had been gaining attention in the latter stage of the process. He was on campus at Florida last weekend and chose the Gators over North Carolina, Michigan and Cal.
Scarlett and Williamson followed Kylan Johnson, a three-star defensive back from Dallas Skyline who surprisingly flipped from Kansas State earlier Monday. On Sunday, the Gators added a commitment from Luke Ancrum, a 6-5 defensive end from Sebring, Fla., and on Saturday, Richerd Desir-Jones, a 6-3, 290-pound offensive lineman and teammate of Scarlett’s at Aquinas, committed.
Florida had a chance for another commitment but three-star defensive end G.G. Robinson reaffirmed his commitment to Louisville via Twitter. Robinson from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., visited Florida over the weekend. Auburn, where his father was a standout player, made a late run. Missouri and Kansas State also were in the mix.
Scarlett, who was previously committed to Florida Atlantic and most recently Miami, decommitted from UM during the final day of his official visit on the FSU campus on Sunday, spurning the Hurricanes of their most prized recruit in 2015.
Many believed Scarlett’s choice to do so during his FSU visit put the Seminoles in the driver seat to land his services.
In the end, Scarlett had to tell Fisher he simply did not want to be a Seminole. Scarlett is rated among the top 15 running backs in the country by 247Sports.
“(Fisher) was just telling me that there was a place for me in Tallahassee, you know. Never doubt it because that was a school of mine coming in sophomore year that they were my leader.
“And he was just disappointed that I lost interest. He had a real good talk with me this weekend.”
“Learning a lot about Coach McElwain and (I) heard he’s a great guy,” Scarlett said, “and he loves running backs like me, and that kind of got me really excited.”
Scarlett has the capability to be the No. 1 running back at both Miami and Florida, but would have been amongst a pack of talented players if he committed to Florida State, led by Cook, early enrollee Jacques Patrick and talented upperclassmen in Ryan Green and Mario Pender.