Florida football fans have something to be excited about today with the news that 4-star defensive tackle Anthony Moten has committed to the Gators.
He represents a very important pickup for Will Muschamp and the Gators. He's going to bring a lot to the program.
Derek Tyson of ESPN.com reported on the commitment:
After only recently naming a top 10 schools, ESPN Watch list defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) decided to go ahead and make a verbal commitment on Tuesday night.
Moten chose the Florida over offers from Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and many others.
Moten also took to Twitter to announce his decision (h/t Tyson):
JUST COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA..#GOGATORS— Anthony Moten (@anthony_moten95) April 3, 2013
Moten is 6'4'', 279 pounds and he's ranked as the No. 18 defensive tackle in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He's also the No. 27 player from the state of Florida (247Sports Composite).
In a state as talent-laden as Florida in regard to recruiting, being a top-30 player says a lot about the abilities of Moten. Florida is without a doubt getting a player with a ton of ability and great size as just a junior. The fact that he's an in-state recruit just makes the commitment even better for the Gators.
He's a big defensive tackle, though he displays good speed and agility in pursuit. For as big as he is, he reminds me of an inside linebacker with the way he can move around the field, especially in space. He could end up being a big-time pass-rusher at the college level.
Will Florida's defense be elite for the next two-to-three seasons?
He's strong enough to maintain his gap responsibility and he can "two gap" a blocker and make a play on the ball-carrier. What that means is that he can stand up the blocker and control him in such a way that he can rip off to either gap, depending on which way the ball-carrier chooses to go. Moten plays with good leverage and bend in his knees, and he's also very proficient at using his hands to establish separation from the blocker.
If he stays committed to Florida, he'll join a strong group of young defensive linemen that came in through the 2013 class, highlighted by 4-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and 4-star JUCO defensive tackle Darious Cummings. The Gators defense of the future projects to be elite, and Moten would really add to that dynamic.
Moten is going to end up being one of the marquee recruits in Florida's 2014 class if he stays committed. Overall, his future is extremely bright.