Florida Gators Football

Taven Bryan Commits to Florida: Gators Land Huge Athlete from Wyoming

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports
Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 11, 2013

The sky isn't falling after all for Florida recruiting.

After missing out on a few recruits and having one recruit bad mouth one of the Gators assistant coaches, the school has landed a massive recruit for the 2014 class.

According to Blake Alderman of Rivals, Florida has snagged 3-star recruit, via 247Sports, Taven Bryan.

Where did they find this kid? In Wyoming, of all places. The Gators pulled out all of the stops to land the only player worth mentioning from the state, according to 247Sports. Impressive.

He took to his Facebook account and updated his pictures and cover photo with the Gators logo. He also posted a status update writing, "I have committed to play for the Florida Gators. Go Gators!!!!!"

Bryan is the 10th commitment for the 2014 Florida class and is a positive sign for a class that was falling behind in the SEC. According to 247Sports, Florida is ranked seventh in the conference with four of the 10 recruits rated as 4-stars or higher. 

Bryan isn't the most elite player in the class, but he does bring terrific upside and size to the conversation.

At 6'5", 250 pounds, he has the wide frame and height to continue to develop into a monster wherever he lines up. He also has versatility, as he can stick to playing offensive line or eventually make the switch and become a defensive lineman.

According to Luke Stampini of 247Sports, the Florida coaching staff is open to him playing a number of positions.

"He said he's going to come get me," Bryan said of Muschamp. "They want me for defensive end, [offensive] tackle, tight end and I want to play defensive end."

Bryan also mentioned to Stampini that he loves smashmouth football, which would make him a perfect fit playing in the SEC. Regardless of how many stars he may have next to his name, it is always great for a program to pick up a recruit who is capable of playing multiple positions.

The latest Florida commitment had offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Nebraska and Washington, among others. He visited Washington, Oklahoma and Nebraska before announcing his decision.

As for why he picked Florida, Bryan told Stampini that it simply stood out among the rest.

"Florida," Bryan stated. "I think they have the best people -- best people, best education, best fit for me."

 

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