Rolin switches pledge to Gators

December 9, 2012 

Matt Rolin

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The Florida Gators have pulled away from USC one of its top recruits for the 2013 class.

LB Matt Rolin of Ashburn, VA announced via Twitter Sunday afternoon a change in his pledge from the Gamecocks to the Gators.

"I have officially committed to THE University of #Florida," Rolin tweeted. "I will be wearing #9 as I continue to chase my dreams at #Florida #GatorNation. Going back on my word is something I never imagined myself doing and it hurts me to do it. But in end I have do what's best for me. I would like to thank the Carolina coaches an fans for all the support and hope you understand that I prayed about this (and) it's best for me."

Rolin committed to USC last May and appeared to be very solid based on his comments and his family ties to the school. Both of his parents went to USC and his grandfather played football for the Gamecocks. He even had his recent knee surgery done by USC team doctor Jeff Guy.

But he made a recent official visit to Florida and after that trip began seriously reconsidering his commitment.

He is the second player to switch his pledge from South Carolina in this class. DB Brendan Langley flipped from USC to Georgia.

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