OG Brandon Sandifer commits to Florida

Continuing to add mass to their already-sizable offensive line, the Florida Gators on Wednesday received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 335-pound offensive guard Brandon Sandifer (Warner Robins, GA).

Unanimously rated as a three-star prospect, Sandifer committed to Florida over Alabama and South Carolina, announcing his decision on his Twitter account at 7:30 p.m.

“I am proud to say that next year I will be playing at the University of Florida. #GatorNation,” he wrote.

Sandifer visited Gainesville, Florida, for the Gators’ Friday Night Lights camp on July 25 but did not participate in the workout. Instead, he chatted with the coaches, players and other prospects before heading up to see what the Gamecocks had to offer in Columbia, South Carolina, that Saturday.

Originally prepared to make a decision after those visits, Sandifer instead pushed back his commitment date. In the end, UF was the choice with offensive line coach Mike Summers playing a major role in pulling in the big prospect.

Sandifer is now the 11th member of Florida’s 2015 recruiting class and either the third or fourth offensive lineman commit depending where three-star Mike Horton (Atlanta, GA) lines up once practice begins.

Only four of the Gators’ 11 verbal commitments are from the state of Florida; all are three-star prospects. UF’s other seven pledges hail from Georgia (three), Ohio (two), California (one) and Louisiana (one).

Four Gators commitments are rated as four-star prospects with the other seven listed as three-star athletes. Florida does not have a prospect rated above three stars from within its home state.

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Four-star Adonis Thomas picks Gators over Tide

The Florida Gators recruiting roller coaster reached another peak on Friday when four-star linebacker Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, GA) became the program’s 10th verbal commitment of the 2015 cycle.

Thomas (6-foot-3, 219 pounds), a unanimous four-star prospect and the No. 63 overall player in the nation per ESPN, chose Florida over Alabama during a ceremony at Central Gwinnett High School. Notre Dame was a semi-finalist for his services.

The Gators first offered Thomas back on Nov. 23, 2013. He visited Florida’s campus three times since, attending Junior Day on Feb. 1, stopping by unofficially on March 29 and spending three days in Gainesville, Florida, starting June 9.


Since losing four commitments in a 10-day span in July, the Gators have filled each slot, adding pledges from four-star offensive lineman George Brown, Jr. (Cincinnati, OH) on July 25, three-star wide receiver Kalif Jackson (Neptune Beach, FL) on July 29 and three-star OL Mike Horton (Atlanta, GA) on July 31.

Florida also gained a pledge from four-star Jerome Baker (Cleveland, OH) on July 11, giving the Gators a pair of big-time linebackers in their 2015 class.

The additions of Thomas and Baker are especially important for Florida, which did not sign a linebacker during the 2014 recruiting cycle.

Thomas’s commitment was first reported by Woody Wommack of Rivals.com.

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Three-star OL Mike Horton commits to Florida

Still replenishing its 2015 recruiting class after losing four commitments in a 10-day span earlier this month, the Florida Gators on Thursday received a verbal pledge from three-star offensive lineman Mike Horton (Atlanta, GA).

Horton (6-foot-4, 320 pounds), a big-bodied blocker sporting an impressive offer list, was being pegged by most schools as a guard but will also have the opportunity to play defensive tackle for the Gators.

“[Head coach Will Muschamp] tells me every day that he wants me in the program. Before, he said they were recruiting me for offensive line, but then, we got a chance to talk,” Horton told Jake Reuse of UGASports.com back on June 9 ($).

“He said, ‘We’ll take you on defense, too.’ I told him I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to play yet, but he said he just wants me in. The biggest thing he’s emphasizing is that they have slots open, and I will have a great opportunity to play early.”

Horton, who ESPN rates as a four-star prospect and the No. 246 overall player in the 2015 class, chose Florida primarily over Georgia, though he also had scholarship offers in his back pocket from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and LSU, among others.

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