OT Fredrick Johnson commits to Florida

By Adam Silverstein
January 31, 2015

The Florida Gators doubled up on offensive line commitments Saturday as three-star offensive tackle Fredrick Johnson (West Palm Beach, FL) ended his recruitment by making a verbal pledge to the program.

Johnson (6-foot-7, 301 pounds), a former Virginia Tech commit, took an unofficial visit to UF over the weekend and subsequently chose Florida over Miami, though he also had committable offers from Nebraska, Tennessee and VT. LSU and Penn State were among the late-arriving parties interested in his services.

“UF COMMIT!!!!! #THESWAMP #ChompChompx2,” Johnson wrote Saturday night on Twitter. He also thanked Gators junior left tackle Roderick Johnson for helping him through the process and “mak[ing] this decision easy.”

Having played only one year of varsity football, Johnson was seen as a diamond in the rough of sorts among analysts. His recruitment ramped up as coaches saw his production over the course of the 2014 season.

Johnson joins fellow in-state three-star prospect Richerd Desir-Jones (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in making his commitment Saturday. Desir-Jones is projected as an offensive guard.

Head coach Jim McElwain has stated often since taking over the program in early December that recruiting depth along the offensive line has been a top priority this cycle. Florida is only expected to have seven scholarship offensive linemen returning next season.

The Gators now have 12 prospects verbally committed for 2015 with that number expected to continue growing as National Signing Day approaches on Wednesday. All of Florida’s pledges are rated as three-star recruits, though one has a composite four-star rating.

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* Dillon is expected to flip from UF to LSU.

7 Comments

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    great size, but hope we get Ivey and a couple others. With only 1 year organized experience, a red shirt year sounds like would be really useful for him

  2. Aligator says:

    Adam,

    Do you know if we are pursuing any JUCO players this year? This would make sense given the amount of scholarships we have available and needs we have at OL?

    Aligator

  3. Michael Jones says:

    Outstanding!! Let’s keep rocking and rolling!! Let’s get big young kids in here who want to be Gators and let’s coach’em up!! Makes for better practices, better competition, better OL. Love it!

    Welcome aboard, Mr. Johnson!

  4. Sgt. Friday says:

    Getting bodies is critical for UF. They are doing that, and although none of the current offensive line commits are highly rated, it’s a fact that offensive line is the hardest position to project. A two star is almost as likely as a more highly rated player to be a good player. Ivey would be very nice to get and mean that UF has met their needs. One thing to keep in mind with Ivey is that the last consensus top offensive tackle UF got, D.J. Humphries, wasn’t even a good player. But with numbers, and good coaching, UF should be able to put together a good offensive line.

  5. KarVer says:

    Another 3*!
    & I hope Dillon dont leave.

    Welcome Johnson.to Gator Nation!

  6. Dave Massey says:

    That makes 5 OL commits at the position of greatest need, good job Coach Mac, etc. And this guy was wanted by a lot of top programs.

    I figure that 6-8 more commits will make this a successful recruiting year for this staff considering the circumstances and will be a good foundation moving forward. Hope there are some real gems in there.

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