- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the addition of three-star offensive lineman Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County) on Friday, the Gators now have four offensive line commits, three of which are ranked four-star prospects.
The Gators have limited scholarships remaining for the 2013 recruiting class and they could be done recruiting the position -- but not likely.
First, and probably most importantly, the Gators will continue to recruit their committed offensive line prospects. Versatile guard/tackle prospect Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), who's been committed to Florida since March, said Friday that he plans to take a visit to FSU this season. When asked if he was still committed to the Gators, Johnson responded with "right now yes." The Gators, however, love Johnson's upside and versatility and you can expect Florida to turn up the heat on the talented prospect to try and keep him a part of this recruiting class.
Center Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) has been solidly committed to the Gators since April. After his Friday Night Lights visit to Florida, his pledge is as strong as ever. Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) says he is around 85 percent committed the Gators and is considering taking other visits.
After committing to the Gators on Friday, Jackson visited Gainesville on Saturday to watch a Florida practice. The 6-foot-3, 302-pound guard says he is excited about the recruiting class Florida is bringing in.
"I like this offensive line class," Jackson said. "They are all great players -- very talented and athletic."
Even with four OL commits, the Gators would still like to take a tackle. Johnson and Jackson are versatile and could play guard or tackle in college, but Florida would certainly like to add depth at both tackle positions. The Gators seem to be in a dogfight for nearby five-star left tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). Tunsil has Florida in his top three along with Alabama and Georgia, but at this point it appears the Gators have fallen behind Georgia for his services.
Tackles Joe Fennell (Ft. Myers, Fla./South Ft. Myers) and Kenny Lacy (Pheonix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe) have heard a lot from Florida recently and the interest appears to be mutual. Fennell recently posted a few pictures of himself in a Gators hat on Facebook. The Gators would like to see Lacy in action before extending an offer. Lacy said if Florida offers, the Gators would move near the top of his list.
"I like the tradition of winning and the fast-paced offense Florida runs," Lacy said. "If they were to offer, they would definitely get a visit and be in my top five."
If Florida was to lose one of its commits, the Gators could turn their attention to Florida State offensive guard commit Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County). Denson has become good friends with Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley. Florida will likely focus on keeping its committed prospects before turning its attention to Denson or any other guard prospects.
But don't be surprised to see another tackle prospect or two show up on Florida's radar in the near future.
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