For the second time in three days, the Florida Gators have made a splash on the recruiting trail, this time landing 2022 Offensive Tackle Tony Livingston. On March 5th, the 6-6, 255-pound dual-sport athlete offered to play both football and basketball at the University of Florida. Just six days later, the Florida Gators landed a commitment from the Tampa native as Livingston announced his intentions to play for the Gators via Twitter.
Livingston, who attends Carrollwood Day School, held offers from other schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Oregon, FSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Miami. Many of Livingston’s offers came after his sophomore year at Seffner Christian Academy, as his athleticism was on full display.
For Florida, this commitment comes at a time of major need, as the Gators have struggled to build respectable depth at the offensive tackle position. Both area recruiter/tight ends coach Tim Brewster and offensive line coach John Hevesy persuaded Livingston to select the Gators over plenty of other highly-touted schools.
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The four-star football prospect can play on both sides of the ball, as he took reps at multiple positions such as defensive end, tight end, and offensive tackle throughout his high school career.
Based on Livingston’s commitment edit, it appears that he will play both football and basketball once he arrives in Gainesville.
Keeping the momentum from the Nick Evers commitment is colossal as the Florida Gators are beginning to build the core of their 2022 recruiting class. Dan Mullen and his staff are notorious for recruiting hard in the months leading up to summer, so Florida may put together a string of commitments in the coming weeks and months.
According to the 247Sports Composite ranking, the four-star prospect is ranked as the 19th best offensive tackle and the 156th best player in the entire 2022 class.
As a 2022 class, Florida moves into the #24 spot with four commitments from Evers, Tony Livingston, Francois Nolton, and Syveion Ellis thus far.