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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Florida’s first 2014 commit, WR Bronson, splits

Over 11 months ago, four-star wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, FL) became the first 2014 prospect to commit to the Florida Gators. On Tuesday, Bronson decided to rescind his pledge and reopen his recruitment, becoming the second prospect to part ways with Florida in the last five days.

Bronson (6’3”, 182 lbs.), ranked No. 125 overall on the newest Rivals250 released Tuesday, first committed to the Gators on June 14, 2012, after visiting Florida and participating in a football camp.

He committed to the Gators nearly 19 months before his National Signing Day, choosing Florida at the time over Auburn, Florida State and South Carolina, among others.

“I wanted to lock it in and get it all out of the way,” he told InsidetheGators.com last June. “I didn’t want to have the stress of recruiting on me.”

Bronson joins four-star linebacker Christian Miller (Jacksonville, FL) on the decommitment list. Miller, a Rivals100 prospect, backed off from his pledge on Friday but maintained that the Gators remain in the mix for his services.

Bronson, whose decision was first reported by Michael Langston of Rivals, spoke about the situation Tuesday afternoon. ITG‘s Blake Alderman notes that Bronson splitting ways with UF was “a mutual decision by both parties.” ($)

“My recruitment is officially open I’m not committed to university of Florida any more,” he wrote on Twitter. “Uf is not out of the.picture tho,” he added.

Florida is down to seven 2014 commitments including two offensive playmakers – four-stars running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) and quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, NC). Cook (No. 24) and Grier (No. 29) are both ranked in the new Rivals100.

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LB Christian Miller decommits from Florida

One of three players that committed to the Florida Gators on Feb. 16 during its popular Junior Day event, four-star Rivals100 linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, SC) officially decommitted from the team on Friday, according to ESPN‘s Kipp Adams and InsidetheGators.com‘s Blake Alderman.

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

Miller registered 14 sacks during his junior campaign at Spring Valley High School and was the third-highest rated player in the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class (No. 91 overall). He was the only linebacker and one of just three defensive players committed.

The offers continue to stack up for Miller with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and TCU all having spoken with him this spring, according to Rivals. Though Miller has reopened his recruitment, he has made no indication that Florida is out of the running for his services. Miller always planned to take multiple official visits.

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Florida gains pledge from four-star DT Moten

Four-star defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, FL), a member of the Rivals250 for the 2014 recruiting cycle, pulled the trigger late Tuesday evening when he committed to join the Florida Gators next season.

“JUST COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA..#GOGATORS,” he tweeted.

The eighth member of the Gators’ currently top-five ranked class, Moten is the first defensive lineman to give head coach Will Muschamp a pledge for 2014.

He is the fifth prospect from the state of Florida to commit for 2014 and fourth in the last five years to do so out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Redshirt junior cornerback Cody Riggs (2010), junior CB Marcus Roberson (2011) and redshirt freshman Bryan Cox, Jr. (2012) are the other St. Thomas graduates still on UF’s roster.

At 6’4” and 265 lbs., Moten is ranked No. 170 overall on Rivals and chose Florida despite also holding offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC, among others.

Other defensive players currently committed to the Gators include four-stars defensive back Duke Dawson (Cross City, FL) and linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, SC).

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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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