Gerald Christian, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer committed to Florida earlier last spring, and says he is excited to begin his career.
"I am solid 100% all Gator and I will be in Gainesville as soon as this game is over," he said following practice at the USAAAB. "I start school on January 11th and I can't wait to get there. I will go through spring football and I get an early start on my education, without the pressure of playing in games. There is no disadvantage to enrolling early because I still get to go through graduation and go to the prom."
Christian has been awed by the amount of talent surrounding him on the East squad this week at the United States Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
"I've never seen this much talent on one field in my life," Christian stated. "These are some of the best players in the country and it's been a lot of fun. I think I've played pretty well, especially running routes, but I need to improve my blocking. I've never blocked players like this before."
He is scheduled to play tight end for Florida, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of current Gator star Aaron Hernandez.
"I love the way they use tight ends at Florida and that's one of the main reasons I committed there," he said. "That really caught my eye right off the bat. The way I was used in high school is exactly the way the Gators use their tight end."
Christian said he was honored to be a part of the United States Army All-American Bowl, and enjoyed the experience greatly.
"This has been a special experience and I'm proud to be able to represent my school in this game," he stated. "They talk about being Army-strong around here, and that's how I'm approaching this game. I want to come out and show what I can do."