- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the loss of four-star offensive line prospects Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) and Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) over the past week, the Gators find themselves in a bind along the offensive line.
Florida would like to sign four linemen and still has commitments from center prospect Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) as well as the Gators' most recent commit, Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County), a guard prospect.
The Gators will now turn their focus to five-star Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), three-star Joe Fennell (Ft. Myers, Fla./South Ft. Myers), four-star Na'Ty Rodgers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonough) and and three-star Kenny Lacy (Pheonix/Mountain Pointe HS).
Florida is also looking at FIU commit Sandley Jean-Felix (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson). Jean-Felix started receiving interest from the Gators after a strong showing at camp in June.
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 move to near the top of his list.
With a lack of top linemen in the state, Florida could look toward junior colleges. There are still around six months until signing day, so new names will likely pop up on the Gators' recruiting board.
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