Wednesday, February 6, 2013
DT Jay-nard Bostwick signs with Florida
By Mitch Sherman and Derek Tyson
Defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Centennial) joined Florida's No. 1-ranked recruiting class on Wednesday morning, making the announcement in a ceremony at his high school. Bostwick picked the Gators over Alabama and Miami.
He is the 27th-ranked player nationally at his position and 286th in the ESPN 300.
What it means for Florida: By adding the four-star defensive tackle, the Gators have immediately helped with depth along the defensive front. At 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, Bostwick has the size and physical ability to compete with other Florida newcomers Darious Cummings and Caleb Brantley for a spot in Florida's defensive rotation.
What it means for Miami and Alabama: Alabama has only one commitment from a DT, Darius Paige, but remains in a position to land other tackles Dee Liner and A'Shawn Robinson. For Miami the loss of Bostwick hurts a little more. The Canes only have junior college defensive tackle commit (Ufomba Kamalu) and losing a prospect that lives so close to your program to an in-state rival, has to sting a little.
Turning point: Bostwick had good visits to Alabama and Miami, but the Gators still appeared to be in a good position to land Bostwick over the last month or so. However, his final official visit this weekend probably sealed the deal for the Gators.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 2. The Gators lost Omar Hunter to graduation and Sharrif Floyd to the NFL. Florida made defensive tackle a priority, and Bostwick was a top target for some time. The only surprise here is that Bostwick chose not to play for Miami, his childhood favorite.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 2. Defensive tackle is a hard position to play as a freshman. The talent is there and Bostwick could certainly work his way in to the rotation early, but don't expect a 10 sack season in his first year.