OT Humphries is Florida’s first five-star commit

By Adam Silverstein
August 5, 2011

With six months to go until National Signing Day, the Florida Gators received their first five-star commitment of the 2012 recruiting cycle on Friday when offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, NC) announced his intent to wear Orange and Blue in the fall.

“Florida is really the only place I felt like I could spend the next four years at,” Humphries said during his announcement on Friday. “Florida is the only place that felt like home, where I felt comfortable.”

At 6’5” and 265 lbs., Humphries is not only the top-rated player at his position nationally but also the No. 3 overall recruit in the country, according to Rivals. He chose Florida over Tennessee and joins four-star OT Jessamen Dunker (Boynton Beach, FL) at the top of the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class.

He said that he will still take all five of his official visits.

“With Florida, they are a hungry coaching staff and they really want to get back to where they were and I can feel that,” Humphries told Rivals in July. “ When I talk to the coaches, I can see they want to prove that Florida is still on top. I speak to [offensive line coach Frank] Verducci at least once every couple of weeks and we have a strong bond.”

ESPNU and Scout also have Humphries ranked as a five-star prospect; the former agrees that he is the No. 1 player at his position (and lists him as the No. 7 overall player), while the latter has him rated as the third-best offensive tackle and No. 17 in the country.

The Gators now have 17 commits for their 2012 class and may only take five (potentially up to eight) more before all is said and done in early February.

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21 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like someone prepped this article…….bookends my friend. Thanks for the nice quality on the shirt BTW. Not a big fan of the see through shirt….good quality although you forgot my extra one to throw on the wife 🙂

      • Mr2Bits says:

        A)He just announced and you had the article prepped,ready to go and posted as he was pretty much announcing live. Either you talk into your computer and it types or you are well prepared and was expecting the announcement.

        B)The shirts back in the day when you started orders, I was teasing you about a BOGO deal for the wife and you mentioned that you know who the old-timers are. Just another poke that’s all. All that said, I like the nice quality you went with as most shirts on sites are made of mesh these days.

        • I understood the first part…both What? questions were for the shirt part. OK. I thought you were saying the one you got a see-through shirt…I was going to say that is absolutely impossible – great quality. I probably would’ve thrown one in if (a) I had extras or (b) I knew your name vs. handle.

  2. swiftt_tech69 says:

    Great pick up for the Gators.0l is def a position of need. BOOM!

  3. TonyM1449 says:

    BOOM!

  4. CeeThree says:

    BOOM! I didn’t watch all of that video, but at 0:46 seconds, I feel terrible for that #2, poor kid.

  5. Marc Mac says:

    WTF are you guys talking about? How about exchanging phone numbers?

    Anyway, great pickup. Starts off a great weekend for me of lobstering in Key West.

  6. TonyM1449 says:

    Diggs, Bullard, and agholor….come on down!

  7. gator says:

    Welcome to the Gator Nation D.J.

  8. CeeThree says:

    now we just need A. Young, C. Watkins, J. Jenkins, T. McCord, N. Agholor, S. Diggs.. that would be 23, with 2 open for 25.. too greedy? lol

  9. David says:

    BOOM!! Really hope our remaining schollys go to some combination of Bullard, Diggs, Hamilton, Watkins, Howard,Young, Jenkins, McCord, Kent Taylor, Agholor

  10. Tractorr says:

    This class is coming together nicely, but we still need that game changing play maker. The running backs look nice but we really need that stretch the field, make something out of nothing wideout.

  11. zurbo says:

    Are you guys forgetting that this means nothing until they sign or enroll. BUT this is still awesome

    • Tractorr says:

      You are correct, but the more big players we have on our board the more other top players are going to want to be here. They are going to want to have the chance to win championships.

  12. kyle says:

    we can go over 25 right? eight can count back to last year i think…

  13. SC_Gator says:

    Charlotte does love them some Gators. I still get people that will see me decked out in Gator gear and ask me about Chris Leak.

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