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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Trenton Brown will add size, depth to OL

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the addition of Trenton Brown (Albany, Ga./Georgia Military College) the Gators have now helped add depth and size to an offensive line unit that was once thought to be a weakness coming into next season.

Add Brown to a unit that now includes Jon Halapio, D.J. Humphries, Jon Harrison, Chaz Green, Maryland transfer Max Garcia, former Nebraska transfer Tyler Moore and other commitments Cam Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) and Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt Co.) and the Gators have what could potentially be one of the top offensive line units in the SEC next season.

At 6-foot-8, 340-pounds, Brown has unique size that is reminiscent of former Florida offensive tackle and current Pittsburgh Steeler Max Starks. Brown has the body type that Florida head coach Will Muschamp is looking for in his linemen.

Brown, who chose Florida over Florida State and Oklahoma, will be slated to play left tackle at Florida and will likely push freshman All-SEC tackle Humphries for playing time next season.

Florida had success this season with their heavy packages, which included having one and sometimes two extra linemen in the game. Even if Brown isn't starting, he will likely see extensive time in Florida's heavy packages.

In his player evaluation, one ESPN scout says Brown has the potential to be a starter, but he could take some time to develop: "The potential this prospect can develop into a starting offensive tackle at the BCS level of play is good however we would like to see a more aggressive, tough finishing attitude as a run blocker. Brown will need some time and perhaps a red shirt year to polish his tools before becoming a starter."

Brown will likely strengthen a class that is already ranked as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.