Gators miss out on 2 on National Signing Day


Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp landed a pair of defensive tackles Wednesday to give the Gators a total of four in the 2013 class.

Jay-nard Bostwick picked UF over Alabama and Miami, the school he favored early on in his recruitment.

Bostwick took an official visit to Florida last weekend, but he has been set on the Gators since his trip to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 11.

“He really wanted to be inside the SEC to tell you the truth,” said Bostwick's father, Bernard. “Alabama was great, but it was too far away. I think he realized he wanted to go to Florida after that visit, though.”

The second addition of the day was Jarran Reed, who is from the same junior college as UF defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Damien Jacobs.

But they weren't the people who led him to Gainesville.

“It came down to the coaches and where I felt more comfortable at,” said Reed, who chose Florida over Alabama. “They recruited me the longest and made me feel at home on my visit.”

The Gators were also in position to land defensive end Tashawn Bower, who committed to Muschamp early Wednesday morning, but he signed with LSU instead after news of his UF decision was leaked prior to his announcement. Florida's final target, in-state receiver James Clark, opted to go to Ohio State in somewhat of a surprise move.

Another commit coming?

Bradenton Braden River two-sport athlete Trevon Young was offered by UF on Tuesday and could be a late addition to the Gators' 2013 class.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder, who also received offers from USF, FIU and Purdue, is contemplating whether he should join Florida's football program or accept a basketball scholarship at Division II Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

Young told The Sun in a text message that he will make his decision sometime Thursday. If he comes to UF, the coaches plan to use him as either a tight end, an offensive tackle or a defensive lineman.

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