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The Florida Gators‘ 2017 recruiting class is in desperate need of talent, as is the team’s offensive line, so the Christmas Day eve commitment of four-star T.J. Moore (Charlotte, NC) was a welcome bit of news for head coach Jim McElwain.
Moore (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) is the 269th rated player in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite, which makes him the Gators’ sixth-highest rated commitment at this time. He choose Florida primarily over Tennessee and South Carolina; he previously committed to the Gamecocks in August.
A talented prospect out of Mallard Creek High School, Moore had former Gators OL D.J. Humphries in his ear, particularly late in his recruitment. Like Moore, Humphries played for the Mavericks in high school, and the former five-star prospect hoped to influence the local product to follow in his footsteps down to Gainesville, Florida.
With Moore’s commitment, Florida moves up two spots to No. 19 in the team rankings but remains eighth in the SEC and behind both its in-state rivals. Only seven of the Gators’ 15 commitments are rated as four-star prospects and none are ranked among the top 100 players in the nation.