The Florida Gators had a big weekend in regards to recruiting, as they were able to pick up two 4-star commitments in linebacker Matt Rolin and offensive lineman Trenton Brown (via Luke Stampini of 247Sports.com).
Those two 4-star commits were the highlight of a huge recruiting weekend that saw the Gators come away with three commitments overall—the other being 3-star offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Stampini/247Sports.com).
The commitment of Rolin may have the biggest impact in the SEC recruiting world, especially considering that Will Muschamp and the Gators were able to get him to flip away from the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Rolin was committed to the Gamecocks, but the Gators were able to steal the talented linebacker away from Steve Spurrier and his program. Rolin took to his Twitter account to talk about his decommitment.
Going back on my word is something I never imagined myself doing and it hurts me to do it, but in end I have do what's best for me.— Matt Rolin (@Rolin_9) December 9, 2012
That being said. I would like to let everyone know that I have decommited from The University of South Carolina.— Matt Rolin (@Rolin_9) December 9, 2012
He then went on to announce his new commitment to Florida:
Landing Rolin in particular is a major recruiting win for Florida, but both 4-star players are going to bring a lot to the Gators once it's their time to see the field.
Rolin is 6'4'' and 210 pounds, which is good size for an outside linebacker coming out of high school. He also runs a 4.60 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com. That means he's big enough to play strong against the run in the SEC, but his speed will allow him to be effective in space and on the edges as a pass-rusher. He should be an extremely good fit in Florida's defensive scheme.
He'll also be very effective as a pass defender in the flats or even dropping back in coverage, mainly due to his great athleticism, size and speed.
What will Brown be bringing to the table for the Gators?
The big talking point about this recruit is his size, even for an offensive tackle. He's 6'8'' and 350 pounds, according to 247Sports.com, so he'll obviously be a very big blocker to get around for defensive linemen—even in the SEC.
Brown is obviously an extremely talented player, and he'll be a big addition to Florida's offensive line. He displays great power as a blocker and will be very effective in the running game. He'll need to work on his footwork a bit as a pass-blocker, but that will come with practice at Florida.
Overall, you couldn't ask for a bigger recruiting weekend if you're the Florida Gators.
Muschamp's strong 2013 class got a lot stronger with the addition of these two 4-star commitments, and they will both be bringing a ton of skill and intangibles to the Gators program.