Late Monday night, three-star 2014 prospect Taven Bryan (Casper, WY) officially announced his commitment to play football for the Florida Gators next season.
“I have committed to play for the Florida Gators. Go Gators!!!!!” he wrote on his Facebook page, also adding a picture of the team’s logo as his cover photo.
A 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle, Bryan is being recruited by Florida to play defensive end, according to InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman.
He has slowly been picking up major offers from programs across the country, but a visit to Gainesville, FL, over the weekend for the Gators’ first football camp of the summer – coupled with a scholarship offer from head coach Will Muschamp – left Bryan knowing exactly where he wanted to attend college.
According to Rivals.com, he will be the first prospect from the state of Wyoming to sign with an automatic qualifying conference since at least 2002.
Bryan, who also competes in track & field (discus, shot put) at Natrona County High School, chose Florida over offers from California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming, among others.
With two members of the Gators’ coaching staff – offensive coordinator Brent Pease and special teams coordinator Jeff Choate – having spent much of their careers playing and coaching in Idaho and Montana, Florida being involved with Bryan’s recruitment is not a surprising development.
He is the Gators’ 10th pledge of the 2014 cycle and the team’s second defensive lineman, joining four-star defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, FL).
Photo Credit: Taven Bryan’s Facebook page