UF up to 15 football commitments


Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.

Florida’s recruiting train from this past weekend still had some steam left in its engine Monday.

The Gators picked up a verbal commitment from offensive guard Cameron Dillard, adding to the three recruits they received word from after Saturday’s Orange and Blue Debut. Dillard made the trip from Canton, Mich., to attend the game and found a family atmosphere in Gainesville.

“I just felt at home,” Dillard told the Sun in a text message Monday. “I knew ever since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a Gator, and once coach (Will) Muschamp gave me the opportunity to play for the Gators, I took it.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder is a three-star prospect and has 20 scholarship offers. He chose UF over Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State and Oregon, among others.

Dillard is described by scouts as a strong interior lineman that specializes in run blocking. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 13 offensive guard on Rivals.com and is third lineman to commit to Florida.

Muschamp & Co. would like to land at least one more lineman, and the top candidate is five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil out of nearby Lake City Columbia. Rivals ranks him as the third-best overall prospect and No. 1 at his position, and Florida is the favorite to sign the lifelong Gator fan.

The Gators now have 15 members in their 2013 class, and Dillard gives them 11 who are members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters-of-intent.

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