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Wed. February 3, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

LAND O'LAKES - Three Gators sat behind a table while teachers attempted to connect some elaborate video backdrop on a screen to dress up the scene.

All that was missing was the 3D glasses for the display - Avatar, perhaps? The real show was the ritual of signing three letters of intent.

The late addition was Gators running back Tyler Peak, who signed with Jacksonville University after an assistant from Virginia Military Institute landed at Jacksonville and persuaded Peak to join him.

Peak, who battled a knee injury most of the season, rushed for 928 yards and eight touchdowns, will join Gulf's Will Burbridge, who also signed with Jacksonville on Wednesday.

"They decided they wanted me," Peak said. "...I've talked to them since Monday and they asked me today if I would sign. I said, 'Yeah.'"

Gators teammate Patrick Kronk signed a letter of intent with American International in Springfield, Mass. He hopes to make an immediate impact with 6-foot-5, 315-pound frame.

"I put in a lot of hardwork the last four year," Kronk said. "I knew it would payoff eventually."

Gators midfielder Frank Villar, who has been sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, enjoyed the highlight of his senior season signing with Florida Atlantic. He'll join former Gator star Dominique Cutrofello sometime this summer.

Villar expects to be back to normal when he begins at FAU, but understands it will take time to return to game form.

In terms of missing the Gators' current postseason run?

"It's not exactly awesome," Villar said of watching from the sideline.

igould@tampabay.com

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