Three players commit to Gators for 2014

Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.
Saturday began with Florida losing a Rivals100 verbal commitment, but it gained another and two in-state linemen on Junior Day. Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller chose the Gators over Alabama, Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina, among others. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder was one of the top performers at the Under Armour Combine on Jan. 4. He's the son of former New York Giants linebacker Corey Miller, who played under Brad Lawing at South Carolina and is still close to Florida's new defensive line coach.

“It played a big factor,” the Rivals100 member said of his father's relationship with Lawing. “I know him very well, and he makes me feel comfortable. He's one of the main reasons I chose UF.” Offensive linemen Travaris Dorsey (Jacksonville Raines) and Benjamin Knox (DeLand) also committed to the Gators, giving them six members in their 2014 class. Dorsey was offered by Florida shortly after his workout at Friday Night Lights and attended the Louisiana-Lafayette game this past season. The 6-foot-3, 293-pounder also held offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina and Tennessee. “The coaches were excited when I committed,” Dorsey said. “Everybody was hyped like a New Year's celebration when the clock hits 12. There was a lot of yelling.” Knox was a bit of an unknown prospect prior to his UF pledge, but the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder had early offers from Louisville and Utah, and the Florida coaches told him they love his potential. “It's my dream school,” Knox said of Florida. “My mom was happy when I committed because she wanted me to go here. It's close to home and it's a good program. It's the only school I really wanted to go to.” Palm Bay Bayside defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, who has been a soft verbal to UF for months, finally parted ways with the Gators, writing on his Facebook page: “Decided to decommit from Florida need to take a step back and weigh out my options.”

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