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GATORS ADD RECRUIT FROM ALABAMA

After losing one of its defensive prospects to academic casualty, the Gators rebounded Tuesday with another touted player.

William Green, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end/linebacker out of Hoover (Ala.) Spain, orally committed despite a late push by Alabama. He is rated a four-star prospect, the No.7 outside linebacker in the nation and the No.83 overall player by Rivals.com.

On Monday, Savannah four-star defensive back Chaz Sutton told Rivals.com the Gators rescinded his scholarship offer because he will not meet academic requirements. He has a visit to South Carolina scheduled for this weekend.

OBITUARY: James Easter Heathman, who as a teenager raced to a field near his family's central Kansas farm to find the plane crash that killed Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, died Tuesday. He was 90. His son, Tom Heathman, said his father took people to the crash site on free tours because he wanted to honor Rockne, whose death was front-page news in 1931. Tom said his father heard the noise of the plane overhead and thought it was cars racing. "But then the operator rang shortly after that" and told them it appeared a plane had crashed, Tom said. "He got in an old Model T with his dad and a couple of his brothers and drove up there."

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