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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Gators land Watch List offensive lineman

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators are making the junior day recruiting haul an annual thing.

ESPN Watch List offensive guard Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) verbally committed to Florida during its junior day on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect chose Florida over offers from North Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Dorsey said the proximity of Florida to Jacksonville was a big reason he chose the Gators.

"I decided to commit because they have a great team and a great educational program," Dorsey said. "Plus it's close to home, only about a 45-minute drive. That makes it easier for my mom and pops to come see me play."

Dorsey said the Florida coaches were excited to learn of his commitment.

"They were ecstatic," Dorsey laughed. "They were real hyped, it was like a new year's celebration. They were yelling, and once it came out, the word spread fast and all the coaches came and showed me love. It felt good to get love from people that you know are going to take care of you once you get there."

Dorsey, who said Florida plans to use him at left or right guard, said he believes his pledge to the Gators is firm.

"I'm pretty set," he said. "My mom really doesn't have a way to come to games, and my daddy drives trucks, so I tried to make it easier for both of them and easier for me."

For the Gators, Dorsey joins Watch List linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) and Benjamin Knox (Deland, Fla./Deland) as Florida offensive line commitments for 2014. Last year, Florida got six commitments from one junior day.