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What's next for Florida? More spots in 2013

8/12/2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida lost two four-star commitments this weekend, as cornerback Tre' Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep) and offensive lineman Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) decided to part ways with the Gators.

What this means for Florida

For the Gators and Bell, who decided not to participate at Friday Night Lights or camp earlier in the summer at Florida, the decision to part ways was mutual. Bell made his decision final on Friday when he committed to Vanderbilt.

With the addition of five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III a few weeks ago, the loss of Bell is not very significant. The Gators have depth at the cornerback position and with Bell's smaller size, he could have been a redshirt candidate as a freshman.

Johnson had been wavering on his commitment for the past few weeks and finally decided to officially decommit from the Gators on Sunday night.

Even though the Gators still have three offensive line commitments in Cam Dillard, Octavius Jackson and Josh Outlaw, the loss of Johnson hurt Florida a little more than Bell. The other three offensive line commits are all expected to play in the interior.

At 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, Johnson has the size and athleticism Florida is looking for in a right tackle. With the exception of Laremy Tunsil, there aren't too many SEC caliber tackles in the state of Florida this year. The Gators need depth behind third-year sophomore Chaz Green, who could start at right tackle this year.

Where Florida turns now

The good news for Florida is there is still around six months until signing day and plenty of time to find replacements. With limited scholarships available, it also gives the Gators options on other prospects they are in the mix for.

The cornerback position is not a huge area of concern for Florida and any addition would be a bonus to an already loaded defensive backs class. The have started to pursue USC commit and four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood). Ramsey is the teammate of Florida quarterback commit Max Staver. The Gators could potentially receive an official visit from the talented corner.

Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), a five-star cornerback, is another option for the Gators. Alexander doesn't speak publicly about his recruitment often, but the Gators have been working on him since the beginning, and he has said in the past if he stays in state he would likely go to Florida.

Georgia cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) is also another name to watch. The Gators are likely to get a visit from Wiggins during the season.

As for the offensive line, the Gators will now turn their focus to Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), Joe Fennell (Ft. Myers, Fla./South Ft. Myers) and Kenny Lacy (Pheonix/Mountain Pointe HS).

The Gators are in a battle with rivals Georgia and Alabama for Tunsil's services, and they are very much in the picture for Fennell and Lacy. The Gators have yet to offer Lacy, but if that happens, they could certainly move to near the top of his list.

Right tackle depth is an area of concern so Florida will likely look at junior college options as well.