July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp speaks during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Pick up Three Commits for 2014. Lose One, and the One That Got Away


 

Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators football coaching staff held their first Junior Day for the 2014 recruiting cycle and in the process picked up three new commits.

The first to commit over the weekend was offensive guard Travaris Dorsey, 6-3 300, from Jacksonville Raines high school. Dorsey, like many of Florida’s recruits came to camp last July for Friday Night Lights and impressed the staff enough to put him high on their board. Scouts seem to like his size, strength, and agility. He’s strong in the run game able to move the man in front of him and get to the second level which are important skills for an offensive guard in Will Muschamp’s downhill running game.

Next to give the Gators the nod for his services was four star linebacker Christian Miller from Spring Valley high school, in Columbia, South Carolina, a major coup pullling a top rated player out of the backyard of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Miller, 6-3 205, is a long lean athletic outside linebacker prospect who will likely fit in as a Sam or possibly a Buck if he can put on enough weight. Scouts like his length and quickness as well as his ability to control the edges of the defense.

The final commitment of the weekend came from offensive tackle Ben Knox, 6-5 265, from Deland, Florida. Knox is long-armed with good height and great feet. He’s very athletic and moves well in pass blocking, and he’s a great drive blocker in the running game. He will certainly need to bulk up to play on the line in the SEC but he has a great frame to handle the added weight and strength.

While adding the three new commits over the weekend, the Gators actually lost one as well when defensive tackle Trevonte Valentine.  The Rivals 100 member had been making waves for some time about decommitting but went ahead and announced on his facebook page over the weekend that he is no longer committed to the Gators. Valentine had previously been committed to Louisville before pledging to the Gators in July.

One guy the Gators didn’t commit this weekend is one that some fans were hoping would pull the trigger. Justin Thornton, a four star defensive end from Prichard, Alabama Vigor high school, came to Gainesville with Florida as his already announced leader. Many were hoping he would go ahead and commit after seeing the campus and talking with coaches but he went in publicly stating he wouldn’t commit this weekend but would make his decision late summer before the season starts. He did mention that he loved everything about his trip and the Gators really widened their lead for his commitment mentioning the academics at Florida as being a high priority for him.

The Gators are currently sitting on 6 commitments for the 2014 cycle with prior commitments from WR Ryeshene Bronson, QB Will Grier, and cornerback Duke Dawson.

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