Gators lose JUCO commitment

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.

Florida lost a commitment on Monday night and missed out on another one.

Four-star JUCO lineman Visesio “Junior” Salt, who gave his verbal commitment to the Gators following his official visit Dec. 18, has decided to attend Utah instead.

Salt played at Mt. San Antonio C.C. in Walnut, Calif., but his hometown is Sandy, Utah. He tried to sign with the Utes out of high school in 2006, but couldn't qualify academically.

"I have been away from home for four years now and it's time (to) play my last two years here at home in front of my fam," Salt said in a text message to The Sun. ranks Salt as the No. 9 overall JUCO prospect in the nation and the second-best defensive tackle, but he was headed to Gainesville as an offensive guard. At 6-foot-4 and a muscular 340 pounds, he had the size and strength to make an immediate impact on UF's line.

The Gators also missed out on four-star defensive end Jordan Jenkins, who committed to Georgia over Florida, Alabama and Auburn on Monday night. The 6-foot-3-inch tall, 246-pounder was being recruited for UF's buck position, which is currently occupied by sophomore defensive end Ronald Powell.

With these two prospects now off the board, head coach Will Muschamp must find some new targets on the recruiting trail. The Gators still have two offensive linemen committed (D.J. Humphries and Jessamen Dunker) as well as two defensive ends (Jonathan Bullard and Quinteze Williams), but they would like to finish with four signees at each of those positions.

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