UF offers Watch List WR with tie to program

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators offered a scholarship on Tuesday to ESPNU 150 Watch List wide receiver Demorea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde).

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver, who was a former high school teammate of Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Ronald Powell, said he was excited.

"This offer is big for me because I know only great players get a chance to play for Florida," Stringfellow said. "Plus I know it's so far away, so for them to come and get me from Cali, I must have something they like."

Florida running backs coach Brian White extended the offer over the phone to Stringfellow, who liked what he heard.

"He seemed pretty cool on the phone and he seemed trustworthy about everything," he said. "Everything he said I either heard from Powee [Ronald Powell] or my coach.

Stringfellow played with Powell when he was a freshman and Powell was a senior, but he said the two still talk on occasion.

"I talk to him every now and then," Stingfellow said. "He tells me that everyone there treats you like family and as long as you don't come in thinking that you are better than everyone, then there is a good chance I could get on the field as a freshman.

In addition to Florida, Stringfellow holds offers from Arizona State, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington State. Stringfellow said distance will not be a factor.

"I just want to go to a school that suits me and somewhere I can play as a freshman," he said.

Stringfellow, who plans to visit Florida in September, said he has no leader but will be happy to get the process over with.

"I like all the teams the same, but hopefully that will change soon so that my choice could be easy," he said, laughing. "I have to do a lot of research on schools before I can make my decision."