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Friday, August 3, 2012
Four-star WR 'open' after Hill resigns

By Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Aubrey Hill’s resignation could cost Florida at least one 2013 commitment.

Four-star receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) told GatorNation Friday morning that he was going to reopen his recruitment after hearing that Hill had quit as the Gators’ receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

"Now that he’s resigned, I’ll look into what receivers coach they’re going to bring in," the 6-foot-1, 166-pound Adams said. "Right now I’m going to open up my recruitment."

Adams committed to Florida on Feb. 18, choosing the Gators over South Florida, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma. ESPN ranks him No. 50 among the nation’s wide receivers.

Hill announced his resignation for personal reasons on Friday morning. He has been UF’s recruiting coordinator and receivers coach since 2011 after spending three seasons in the same positions at Miami. Hill’s name has been linked to a former University of Miami booster who provided improper benefits to numerous Hurricanes athletes and recruits.

UF coach Will Muschamp said offensive coordinator Brent Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan will work with the receivers in the 2012 season. It’s not known who will coach the position in 2013.

Adams said he had a very close relationship to Hill, who played at Florida from 1991-94 and was a graduate assistant with the Gators from 1996-98, and was excited about working with him next season.

"He was a great coach," Adams said. "He knew what he was doing in terms of getting the receivers a chance to get the ball. Him leaving, that plays a big part with the receivers."

Florida’s three other wide receiver commitments for 2013 -- Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) -- said they are solid in their pledge to attend Florida.

"I wish him the best in the future but for me as long as the University of Florida stands [I’m] 110 percent committed to the gators," Fullwood said on Twitter.

Hawkins (6-foot-1, 190) said he was shocked to hear the news but added he chose Florida for more than just his position coach.

"At Friday Night Lights I was up in his office," Hawkins said. "We were talking about good things, about when I get there how he’s going to treat me. Now he’s gone.

"I’m not speaking negative on Coach Hill, but you’re committed to the team and not the coach."

Thompson (5-foot- 11, 170) said he spoke with Muschamp and running backs coach Brian White and said he was "devastated" at the news but wasn’t changing his mind about coming because it has always been his dream to play for the Gators.

One of UF’s top receiver targets in 2014, Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), said Hill’s resignation shouldn’t have an impact on his decision.

"I’m still trying to figure everything out about what even happened," he said.

Two other players Hill had recruited -- 2014 receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) and 2013 offensive lineman Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca-Delray) -- are visiting UF’s campus on Friday.

GatorNation recruiting writer Derek Tyson contributed to this report.