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Dameon Pierce, the nation's No. 9 running back recruit, committed to Florida.

BREAKING: Nation’s No. 9 RB Dameon Pierce commits to Florida Gators

Zach Abolverdi

Dameon Pierce, the nation’s No. 9-ranked running back, made a surprise commitment Sunday to Florida. The Gators now have 17 commits in their 2018 class.

Pierce, a 4-star recruit from Bainbridge, Ga., chose UF over Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia. Primarily recruited by Gators RB coach Ja’Juan Seider, the former Crimson Tide pledge visited Florida twice in a week last month, including a trip to Friday Night Lights.

“Good experience overall,” Pierce said after attending the camp. “Spent time with a lot of good coaches. Coach Seider thinks I can be the guy and he’s making me a priority. Florida has a great atmosphere and you could see that at Friday Night Lights. Can’t ask for more.”