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Buford's Pridemore commits to Florida

BUFORD - Buford senior football player T.J. Pridemore, once a Georgia Tech commitment, now has committed to Florida after a weekend visit to Gainesville.

Pridemore committed to Tech before the football season, but recently backed off that decision after head coach Chan Gailey wasn't retained. Florida then became his favorite school and he chose this past weekend to become a Gator, a source close to the Buford football program confirmed on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker, whose father Tom played for the Atlanta Falcons and whose older brother Matt plays at Duke, didn't want to discuss his commitment in more detail until a Wednesday appearance on a recruiting TV show.

He was quoted in a Sunday Internet story confirming his decision.

"I committed to Coach Urban Meyer last night," Pridemore told Scout.com on Sunday afternoon. "I know Coach Doc Holliday and his entire family, including his wife Diana and his son Cade who is a walk-on at the University of Florida. I've spent a lot of time with Cade and a lot of other players in the past."

Pridemore's other offers included West Virginia, Tennessee, Duke and South Carolina. Commitments made by seniors are non-binding until they sign letters of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.