GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators desperately need defensive tackles for 2017, and they got a good one Friday.
Fred Hansard, a 4-star recruit from Princeton, N.J., committed to UF over Rutgers and Tennessee. The 6-foot-3, 324-pounder revealed his decision in a Bleacher Report video.
I have officially committed to… https://t.co/BAYjvn7Pyb
— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard56) August 26, 2016
Hansard is ranked the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 201 overall prospect. He held 30 total offers, including Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Hansard attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights in July for his first-ever visit to the school and fell in love with it.
“I really loved everything,” Hansard said of his trip. “The coaches, the players, the commits and the university. The way I felt comfortable there stuck out to me.”
The Gators now have 15 members in their 2017 class and three defensive tackles. Hansard joins junior college prospect Javier Edwards and Jordon Scott on the commitment list.
Coach Jim McElwain tweeted his approval of Hansard’s commitment.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) August 26, 2016
Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.