4* DT Fred Hansard commits to Florida Gators

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Florida’s 2017 class picked up a commitment Friday from a highly recruited defensive prospect.

Fred Hansard, ranked the No. 11 defensive tackle in the 2017 class by 247Sports, announced his verbal commitment to the Gators in a video produced by Bleacher Report.

UF coach Jim McElwain confirmed Hansard’s verbal commitment through his Twitter account.

A 6-foot-3, 315-pounder out of Princeton, New Jersey, Hansard is frequently ranked as the state’s top defensive tackle prospect, and he had narrowed his final decision to Florida, Rutgers and Tennessee.

Hansard traveled to Gainesville for the first time in July for Friday Night Lights, Florida’s biggest annual recruiting showcase, and left impressed.

Hansard is the third defensive tackle prospect to commit to Florida’s 2017 class, joining Jordon Scott and JUCO prospect Javier Edwards.

With Hansard’s commitment, which is non-binding until he signs a national letter of intent, the Gators have 15 players in the 2017 class.