2014 OT Benjamin Knox decommits from Florida

In a move that seemed to be in the works for months, three-star 2014 offensive tackle Benjamin Knox (Deland, FL) officially announced Tuesday evening that he has decommitted from the Florida Gators.

A three-star prospect according to Rivals who is listed as a four-star player and the No. 269 player in the country by ESPN, Knox originally committed to Florida during the program’s first Junior Day of 2013 on Feb. 16.

“At this very moment I am decommitting,” he told InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman ($) in a text message. “Reason why [is] because I haven’t heard from them in a month.”

Knox is the fifth 2014 prospect to pledge and decommit from the Gators this recruiting cycle and the second who originally committed on Feb. 16. Florida also lost a pledge from four-star linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, SC), the 58th ranked player in the nation, on May 17.

The other three former commitments no longer a part of UF’s 2014 recruiting class include the program’s first pledge of the cycle – Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, FL) – and a pair of four-star defensive tackles in Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, FL).

Knox says Louisville leads for his services. Miller (Alabama), Bronson (South Florida) and Valentine (Miami) have since committed elsewhere while Moten remain undecided.

The Gators are down to 14 commitments for 2014 including seven members of the Rivals250 and nine four-star prospects. Check out the updated class by clicking here.

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Gators add commit No. 13 in OL Kelleher

One of the top engineering schools in the country and the opportunity to play for a major Southeastern Conference program was enough for three-star offensive lineman Nolan Kelleher (Mount Pleasant, SC), who made up his mind and verbally committed to the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Kelleher (6-foot-6, 303 pounds) chose Florida over Clemson but also had offers from Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee, among others. He also had heavy interest in Stanford but did not receive an official offer from the school.

He is currently rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and is expected to pick up his fourth star from Rivals when its new rankings are released in nine days.

Currently an offensive tackle for Wando High School, Kelleher will be entering his fourth year as a starter at the position but is expected to move to guard on the collegiate level. He will likely be trained at all five positions while in Gainesville, FL.

Kelleher is the 13th member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class and the fourth offensive lineman currently committed to the program joining fellow three-stars Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, FL), Benjamin Knox (Deland, FL) and Joseph Paul (New Orleans, LA). Paul and Florida are ultimately expected to split ways, however.

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

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Gators snag pledge from 2014 OL Joseph Paul

Head coach Will Muschamp’s efforts to make the Florida Gators stronger in the trenches continued on Tuesday evening as the team accepted a commitment from 2014 offensive lineman Joseph Paul (New Orleans, LA).

The seventh member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class, Paul is a 6’4” 340 lbs. behemoth who is enrolled at St. Augustine, the same high school that Florida tight ends coach Derek Lewis attended as a youngster growing up in New Orleans.

Paul was in Gainesville, FL over the weekend for an unofficial visit and met with Lewis, head coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Tim Davis during his trip. He had the opportunity to watch Florida’s open spring practice and came away impressed.

He is the third offensive lineman to commit to the Gators for 2014, joining Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, FL) and Benjamin Knox (Deland, FL).

Paul chose Florida primarily over Texas (he named the schools co-leaders over the weekend) but also has offers from Florida State and Texas A&M among other schools.

His commitment was first reported by Blake Alderman of InsidetheGators.com ($).

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Florida adds four-star LB Christian Miller for 2014

Four-star linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, SC), a member of the Rivals100 for the 2014 recruiting cycle, became the third player to commit to the Florida Gators at Junior Day in Gainesville, FL on Saturday.

Miller, who registered 14 sacks during his junior campaign at Spring Valley High School, joined offensive linemen Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, FL) and Benjamin Knox (Deland, FL) as the newest members of Florida’s recruiting class. The Gators now have six pledges for 2014 with Miller on board as just the second defensive player.

The son of former South Carolina starter and nine-year NFL veteran LB Corey Miller, he undoubtedly took his father’s advice when making his pledge. The older Miller was coached by new Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing when both were at USC.

The Gators gained and lost a Rivals100 member on Saturday. Prior to adding Miller (ranked No. 91 overall), Florida lost four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, FL). The No. 46-ranked prospect decommitted from the Gators in order to open up his recruitment, a move that was expected and certainly not a surprise.

Florida’s other 2014 pledges include four-star quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, NC), four-star wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, FL) and four-star cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City, FL). All three are ranked on the Rivals250 at No. 18, No. 119 and No. 219, respectively.

Miller’s commitment was first reported by ESPN‘s Kipp Adams.

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Dorsey, Knox commit to Florida; Valentine leaves

With National Signing Day now in the books for the 2013 recruiting cycle, the Florida Gators are in the process of hosting a number of 2014 prospects on campus this weekend for the program’s first Junior Day of the season.

Saturday afternoon, the Gators gained a pair of offensive line commitments from guard Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville, FL) and tackle Benjamin Knox (Deland, FL) and simultaneously lost a pledge from four-star Rivals100 defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, FL), who did not attend the event.

Dorsey, a long-time Florida lean, pulled the trigger just minutes before Valentine, who has long been considering decommitting from the Gators, announced his decision to reopen his recruitment via his Facebook account. Knox’s high school coach announced his pledge shortly thereafter.

“Decided to [decommit] from Florida need to take a step back and way out my options,” Valentine wrote.

Dorsey and Knox, whose commitments were first reported by InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman, are not currently ranked by Rivals. Dorsey is listed as an ESPN 300 Watch List player while Knox does not have a profile on either recruiting service. Valentine is ranked as the 46th best player in the nation by Rivals.

OGGOA will update this story later. Stay tuned.

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