GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michigan wanted him. So did Michigan State.
One of the state's most high-profile recruits his senior season in 2010, Gators redshirt sophomore Valdez Showers was named Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year at Madison Heights High, located 15 minutes north of downtown Detroit.
He surprised some in his home state when he chose to sign with Florida as a defensive back. Showers was primarily a running back in high school until playing the secondary his senior season.
"It's a long way from Detroit, but I didn't really want to stay in-state, so that influenced my decision," Showers told the Detroit Free-Press at the time. "Even though Michigan and Michigan State came at me, I had to do what I had to do."
Showers did what he had to do this fall, too. He moved back to offense.
Showers didn't mind when coaches asked if he wanted to convert back to offense with sophomore running back Matt Jones, the projected starter at tailback, came down with a serious viral infect...