DT Anthony Moten leaves Florida’s 2014 class

By Adam Silverstein
July 20, 2013

For the fourth time this recruiting cycle, the Florida Gators have lost a four-star pledge as defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, FL) decided Saturday to decommit from the program, according to multiple reports.

Moten, ranked as the No. 166 player in his class, told The Gainesville Sun’s Zach Abolverdi that he is no longer considering Florida and is instead focused on Florida State, Miami and South Carolina. He originally committed to the Gators on April 2 but never even visited Gainesville, FL.

He is the second prospect at his position (Travonte Valentine), third player from the state of Florida (Valentine, wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson) and third Rivals250 talent (Bronson, linebacker Christian Miller) to change course after initially committing to play for UF in 2014.

Moten cited Florida’s depth at defensive tackle as the main reason for his decision. “Not trying to go to college and get [lost] in the system,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

He was also reportedly displeased that the Gators signed a second defensive tackle, four-star Khairi Clark (Hollywood, FL). Clark is ranked 139th overall in the 2014 class.

Florida now has 10 prospects committed for next season including five in the Rivals250. The Gators are expecting to bolster those numbers next weekend after Friday Night Lights, the team’s annual summer recruiting event at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which is being held on July 26 this year.

Check out UF’s updated 2014 recruiting class by clicking here.

5 Comments

  1. Keith says:

    What in the Sam Hill is going on

    • Tractorr says:

      It is half a year away from signing day and we are dealing with teenagers. Worry about who we have on signing day not in the middle of July.

      • Michael Jones says:

        Well-said, Tractorr. Besides that–and not to be too hard on the kid, but . . . –I always read “Not trying to go to college and get [lost] in the system” to really mean “I don’t have the heart or the talent to compete with some of the studs you guys have at Gainesville.” So it’s usually in the best interest of both the decommit and UF for the kid to go somewhere where the sledding isn’t so tough.

        We want student athletes at UF who aren’t afraid of a challenge, who believe in themselves, and who are willing to work hard and want to compete at the highest level against the best-of-the-best to earn what they get. Those are the kind of character student athletes who represent their school well and that you can win championships with.

  2. gatornsc says:

    What a beeeeeeeeeee otch

  3. Donnie W says:

    With his twitter comment it appears he doesn’t fit the criteria personality wise to play for champ. He wouldn’t “get lost” if he had the drive and work ethic he needs to succeed in life. Good luck to him where ever he goes and hopefully he’ll be somewhere that we can run straight at him come crunch time. Go Gators!!!

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