UF adds offensive lineman to class

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

In his signing day news conference, Florida coach Muschamp said he would have liked to add another offensive lineman to his 2013 class.

He did so Thursday.

Bradenton Braden River offensive tackle Trevon Young verbally committed to UF and signed with the Gators on Friday morning, giving them 30 signees for the class.

“He's going to Florida,” said Curt Bradley, his high school coach. “They always had their eye on him. But because he didn't have an extensive football background, he wasn't a top priority.

“Then as the season kind of went on, they kept the communication going. They brought him up for an official visit last weekend and offered him this week.”

Young has been a basketball player his whole life and started on Braden River's varsity team since his freshman year. But he began playing football in 2011 and earned offers from FIU, FAU, Iowa State, Purdue and Western Kentucky before Florida's came through.

After considering a basketball scholarship from Division II Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Young chose to continue his athletic career on the football field.

“His recruitment was a burden on him because he didn't know if he wanted to stick with basketball or not. That's his first love,” Bradley said. “But once he decided on football, there was no doubt where he wanted to go. He loved the UF campus and coaches.”

The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is rated a three-star prospect and considered an athlete by Florida. Bradley said Young hasn't worked out much in the weight room and believes he will grow into a full-time tackle. But Young will also get a look at tight end and along the defensive line.

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