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Florida had a huge recruiting weekend, landing four verbal commitments while playing host to a slew of top prospects for the Orange & Blue Debut.
Jalen Goss, a 3-star recruit from Valdosta, Ga., pledged to the Gators a couple hours before the spring game.
“I went on the tour and I liked everything that I saw,” Goss said. “I’ve also wanted to commit since I was in middle school, so that had something to do with it. It’s close to home and the coaches showed they care about me.”
Goss was primarily recruited by tight ends coach Greg Nord. He met with Nord and Gators coach Jim McElwain after his campus tour and then decided to sign on.
“They were excited and pumped about it,” Goss said. “They just welcomed me into the family. I was happy, just smiling from cheek to cheek.”
Goss is listed as an offensive tackle by recruiting services, but Florida wants the 6-foot-5, 249-pound prospect as a Y tight end.
“I like it. I’m used to playing it,” said Goss, who was a tight end in middle school. “I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m willing to learn and get better at it.
“Coach Nord told me I could really help them in what they’re planning to do. Coach Mac told me I’m a big guy and I’ll play a big role.”
Goss holds offers from more than a dozen schools, including Mississippi State and Oregon. He enjoyed Friday’s atmosphere in The Swamp.
“It was crazy,” Goss said. “This was a spring game, so I want to see what it’s like for a real game.”
No. 1 class for 2019
In addition to Gammage and Goss, the Gators landed two 2019 commitments that propelled their class to first in the 247Sports composite team rankings.
Wide receiver John Dunmore (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and athlete Tyrique Stevenson (Homestead, Fla.) made pledges over the weekend.
Dunmore decided Saturday after attending the spring game.
“It was great. I felt at home,” Dunmore said. “I saw everything I need to see and I liked it. They coaches love me and I can’t wait to play for them.
“Florida is great not only for football. Academic wise, too. Football is not going to last forever, so I know coming here for academics will take me even farther in life.”
Gators running back coach Ja’Juan Seider is Dunmore’s primary recruiter. Seider offered the 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect in January when he was at West Virginia, and then began recruiting him to Florida the following month after being hired by McElwain.
“He’s a good coach and he treats me like I’m family,” Dunmore said of Seider.
Dunmore listed playing time as the determining factor in his decision. He believes he can make an immediate impact.
“I see myself playing early,” Dunmore said. “I can come in and compete for a starting job.”
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