City Receiver Coxson Signs With Florida

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February 04, 2010|By Matt Bracken | Matt Bracken,

City wide receiver Adrian Coxson decided about a week ago where he wanted to play college football, but he didn't reveal his decision until Signing Day during a ceremony at his high school.

"He wanted to surprise his mother," City coach George Petrides said. "We had a sign [for the school] up, and he turned it over. He didn't want anyone to know until [it was official]. Then he pulled a Florida hat out of the bag and put it on. That's the only hat he had."

Coxson selected the Gators over Georgia and Notre Dame, and successfully surprised his mother in the process.

"She just smiled a lot, knowing her son is going to a good school and [having] the opportunity to do what I like to do best," Coxson said.

Coxson, a 6-foot-2, 196-pound senior, committed to Penn State last April after taking an unofficial visit to State College. Last month, however, Coxson and the Nittany Lions' staff decided to go their separate ways.

"The situation wasn't tough because I know people said they pulled my scholarship, but they really didn't pull my scholarship," Coxson said. "I'm not really worried about the situation because I'm going to a better place for me."

As a senior, Coxson played quarterback for the Knights, completing 27 of 57 passes for 650 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 1,280 yards and 11 touchdowns on 106 carries. He also returned four punts for touchdowns and was selected to The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro first team.

Petrides said he was happy to see Coxson's unselfishness rewarded with a scholarship to Florida.

"I think the style of player he is and the speed and elusiveness he has kind of fits right in with what they do," Petrides said. "They say he would have an opportunity to play next year. They're bringing in some other receivers, but they expect to throw the ball more because they had Tim Tebow for all those years. But they seem really excited about him."

After an uncertain late stretch in his recruitment, Coxson said he's thankful to have found a home for the next four years.

"I just feel like they can maximize my potential, and I'm excited for the opportunity," Coxson said. "I'm just going to come in and work hard and help them win another national championship."

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