HOOVER, Ala. — The roster Florida submitted for SEC Media Days caused some confusion as highly-touted incoming recruit T.J. Slaton was listed as an offensive lineman despite being viewed as a key addition at defensive tackle when he committed on National Signing Day.
Slaton was actually ranked the No. 3 offensive guard in the 2017 signing class by the 247Sports composite, but he had indicated a preference to play on the defensive line and looked to fill a pressing need at that position for the Gators.
And that is indeed where the 6-foot-4, 349-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — the top-rated signee in Florida’s entire freshman class — is working, according to Gators left tackle Martez Ivey.
“He’s a big boy. He can hold his gap well. He’s at D-line right now. I don’t know if they want to change him or not, but he’s at D-line right now,” Ivey said Tuesday during SEC Media Days.
Florida coach Jim McElwain later confirmed Slaton’s position when asked.
“He’s a D-lineman,” McElwain said.