ORLANDO, Fla. -- An a night that ended in disappointment for James Hearns, he was able to find some positives.
Hearns and his Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln teammates fell 41-25 to St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the FHSAA 7A state finals. In the crowd watching the game were Florida Gator assistants D.J. Durkin, Travaris Robinson and Bryant Young.
“It feels good they came to see me in a bowl week,” Hearns said. “They actually moved up their practice to make it tonight. That means a lot for them to actually watch the game.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Hearns is still a Florida commit despite flirtations with Ohio State and he wanted to let everyone know than during pre-game introductions. When he ran out onto the Citrus Bowl turf he gave several Gator ‘chomps’ to the crowd.
“Just show the school I’m committed to,” Hearns said of the chomps. “There’s a lot of people going on and on about this Ohio State stuff. I am going to take a visit to Ohio State, but I want to see the school. I’m still committed to the University of Florida, so I just had to remind them.”
Hearns went on to talk about the trip to Columbus.
“I’m going to Ohio State January 11. You know after talking to the coaches, I like the staff. I’ve never been to Ohio, I just want to get a chance to see the campus. You know they got a good program, so I want to get a chance to talk to coach [Urban] Meyer and see what it’s all about.”
Hearns, 247Sports’ No. 190 prospect in the nation, committed to the Gators February 2.