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Florida lands a play-making receiver, finishes 13th in country

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Talk about a big catch.

The Florida Gators grabbed wide receiver Tyree Cleveland Wednesday, flipping him from the University of Houston.

It helped the Gators salvage the day after the team lost athlete Aaron Robinson and defensive tackle Shaver Manuel flipped to Alabama and FSU. Florida ended the day ranked No. 13 in the country according to 247sports.com.

It hurt that the Gators’ class included only four of the state’s top 50 players.

“We’ve got a long ways to go, but we’ll continue to work in all those areas,” coach Jim McElwain said.

The Gators are also impressed with signee Antonneus Clayton.

The Gators signed nine four-star athletes. Twelve of the Gators’ signees are already in school.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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