If you’re already going to make a statement and commit to the Florida Gators out of the state of Ohio, doing so with a live alligator by your side is absolutely a good idea.
That is exactly what four-star offensive tackle George Brown, Jr. (Cincinnati, OH) did on Friday when he became the ninth member of Florida’s 2015 recruiting class by committing to the program during a ceremony at his high school.
Brown (6-foot-6, 264 pounds) is listed as the 13th-best player at his position by Rivals, which also ranks him as the No. 118 overall player in the nation.
Taking a trip to Gainesville, Florida, on Tuesday, he saw campus for the third time and had yet another opportunity to meet with head coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Mike Summers. Brown got his questions answered and felt prepared to make the call he has been waiting for his entire life.
Brown ultimately chose Florida over Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, but it was the Wildcats that many believed to be his leader throughout the process.
The Gators are looking to load up on pledges this weekend after losing two commitments last week. Brown, though not an attendee this year at Florida’s annual Friday Night Lights camp at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, may well get the ball rolling for UF.
Brown is the second prospect from the state of Ohio to commit to Florida in July, following in the footsteps of four-star linebacker Jerome Baker (Cleveland, OH), who made his decision on July 11.