FOOTBALL: Florida May Land Linebacker Jamar Chaney

May be a Florida Gator soon...

This is not exactly how Jamar Chaney planned it to be, but if things work out in the next two days the way he thinks they will, the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from St. Lucie (FL) West Centennial will have a new home for the next four years. He told Gator Country Sunday night that he may know as soon as Wednesday if he will be a Florida Gator.

Signed by the Georgia Bulldogs on national signing day back in February, Jamar Chaney has been denied admission in Athens. He scored a 1260 on his SAT but the Georgia admissions department thought he scored far higher than a 2.9 GPA should. Chaney had also taken the ACT on which he scored a 17. The combination of ACT and GPA were high enough to gain admission to Georgia but the Georgia admissions people were stuck on that SAT score. He was told this past week that he's been denied admission.

"This really bothered me because Georgia is the school that I wanted to go to," said Chaney, rated three stars by Scout.com. "I have always believed that things happen for a reason, though, so I hope that this is what is best for me.

"I'm pretty happy if I can be a Gator. I wanted to visit Florida the week before signing day but at my school, you get held to your commitment. My coach said you gave your word to Georgia so I stuck with it and I was happy about it. I like Georgia a lot but as I said, things happen for a reason."

Once Chaney was told that he will be denied admission at Georgia he turned immediately to Gainesville. He's in Gainesville, has visited with the coaches and is in the process of getting all his paperwork in to see if everything will work out in his favor.

"For now, I'm just checking things out, talking to the coaches and taking care of the paperwork," he said. "I think things look pretty good for me and I think I might know something by Wednesday."

Florida coaches will have to be certain that Chaney has been released before anything can happen and then once the release is in hand, Chaney will go through admissions process at UF. Although nothing is assured at this point, Chaney feels confident that his brief nightmare will be over.

"I think everything will work out here," he said. "I've got a real good impression about the coaches, the school and the guys on the team. I already know guys like Joe Cohen and (Josh) Portis, guys like that. There are a lot of good guys on the team and I feel that I could fit in here."

He's been to games at The Swamp so he's already familiar with the facilities and the game day atmosphere.

"The Swamp is one of the best home stadiums there is," he said. "I think it's a great place to play but I'm going to love whatever stadium I'm playing in. I just want to get a good education and play football."

Chaney, who is planning to major in business marketing, has a good impression of Coach Urban Meyer.

"He's a great coach," he said. "I always heard good things about him and he's tough, too. If it comes down to being tough to play for him, then that's not a problem. I'm disappointed about Georgia but playing at Florida for Coach Urban Meyer is nothing to be mad about."

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