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Offensive line a UF recruiting priority

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After landing only two prospects offensive linemen in their 2012 recruiting class, the Gators have made it top priority for the 2013 cycle.

Though Florida has yet to land an offensive line commit, the Gators have targeted some of the top prospects, not only in Florida but in the entire country.

Florida already has 10 verbal commits, but look for the Gators to add between 5-6 offensive linemen in the class before all is said and done.

It's no secret that five-star offensive tackle prospect Laremy Tunsil headlines the group of offensive linemen Florida is targeting. Tunsil, who lives about 40 minutes from Gainesville, might be Florida's top remaining target. Tunsil is not expected to make an early commitment, but the Gators are likely to be in it until the end.

The state of Florida doesn't have as many top offensive line prospects as in the past, but in addition to Tunsil, some of the Florida targets include Joe Fennell, Rod Johnson and Denver Kirkland. Johnson said he has a favorite, and it could be just a matter of time before he makes his decision.

"Florida is my No. 1 school right now," Johnson said in a recent update. "Speed kills at Florida. They have a lot of speed on their team. If I commit to them, then I trust them to send me to the pros."

As for out-of-state prospects, new Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis has been hitting the trail hard.

Josh Outlaw, Brenden Mahon, Cameron Dillard, Poet Thomas, Darius James and Brandon Kublanow are just a few of the offensive guard prospects Florida has offered. Outlaw, who was recently offered by the in-state Georgia Bulldogs, has the Gators near the top of his list after his junior day visit to Gainesville.

Ethan Pocic, Marcell Lazard, Nico Falah, John Montelus, Mike McGlinchey, Derwin Gray, Shamire Devine and Hunter Bivin are just a handful of the out-of-state tackle prospects the Gators have offered. McGlinchey is good friends with new Florida tight end signee Colin Thompson, and their relationship should help the Gators' chances.

Though Florida has several offers out to offensive linemen, expect the Gators to bring in several linemen from around the country for their summer camp in hopes of finding an off-the-radar-yet-talented player.