As college football fans, we all know how brutal rivalries can be–how they can take normally sane individuals and turn them into raving lunatics, and college football recruiting can be an ugly, ugly game.
One member of the Florida Gators‘ 2013 recruiting class had to learn that lesson the hard way.
James Hearns, considered to be one of the top 10 linebacker recruits in the country, recently gave his verbal commitment to the Florida Gators, despite the fact that he grew up in Tallahassee, home of the Florida State Seminoles, and received offers from his hometown team as well as nearly every school in the SEC.
Despite his solid verbal pledge to the Gators, Hearns spent the weekend attending a football camp at Florida State, hosted by the Seminoles head-coach, Jimbo Fisher and other members of FSU’s football staff.
While attending the camp, the 6’2″, 220-pound linebacker proceeded to do the “Gator Chomp” on the playing field, which clearly infuriated the FSU coaches and therefore led to his dismissal.
After being kicked out of the camp, Hearns quickly turned to Twitter to tell the world what happened.
“I just got ejected for throwing up the gator chomp at Fsu camp”
What ensued was a Twitter battle between fans of the two in-state rivals going back and forth, the Gators calling him a hero, the Seminoles attacking him.
Even current Seminole offensive lineman, Daniel Glauser, joined in the fun, tweeting to Hearns:
“Have fun loosing [sic] in Doak this year.”
Hearns probably had no idea that his actions would cause such a stir.
Or perhaps he did. He is, after all, from Tallahassee and has surely witnessed both sides of this rivalry.
One thing is for sure; as if the rivalry between the Gators and Seminoles wasn’t intense enough, this soon-to-be high school senior just added more fuel to the fire.