Florida’s OL board without Fruhmorgen

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Martez Ivey is Florida's No. 1 target at offensive tackle. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

The Gators have one less option at offensive tackle in the class of 2015.

Tampa Plant’s Jake Fruhmoregn, a Rivals100 member and one of Florida’s top targets, committed to Clemson on Thursday.

With his pledge to the Tigers, which had been expected for weeks, Apopka’s Martez Ivey becomes even more of a priority for UF.

Ivey, who is ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by Scout, has been to Gainesville several times with teammate Chandler Cox and appears to be favoring the Gators over Auburn and Alabama, among others.

They’re also the team to beat for Abdul Bello (Montverde Academy) and Tyree St. Louis (Bradenton IMG Academy), who both visited the last weekend in March. Bello’s recruitment is shaping up to be a UF-FSU battle, while Tennessee is currently the biggest threat to Florida for St. Louis.

Brooksville Nature Coast’s Christian Pellage, a Rivals250 member, came to UF’s Junior Day in February and is one to watch at the position.

Another in-state prospect on the board is William Sweet, who attends the same high school (Jacksonville First Coast) as Gators receiver commit Tristan Payton. However, Sweet is believed to be leaning toward Florida State and North Carolina at this time.

Florida is also in contention for out-of-state tackles and Rivals250 members George Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) and Isaiah Prince (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt).

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  1. What is it with Clemson? I know their coaches talk like used car salesmen, but they must be talking smack about early playing time (bull) and pitching the easier (user-friendly) academics to these kids. How else to explain so many recruits wooed from better programs to go to Podunk?

  2. I live in North Carolina. Clemson is a smaller, very tight college town with a great atmosphere for football. Players are big-time celebrities and Dabo’s a great salesman. That makes the Tigers a very serious option. We’ve got a good salesman in recruiting, too, and will get our share of top guys we need. It’s still very early.