August continues to be a big month for the Florida Gators on the recruiting trail. Friday morning they picked up another huge commitment, literally, from massive New Jersey defensive tackle Fred Hansard.
With the now familiar Gator commitment bat signal head coach Jim McElwain announced it on Twitter.
Hansard made his commitment in a Bleacher Report video posted via Twitter. In the video, he hails a cab in New York City and makes the trip through the tunnel across the river where he stops the cab. He gets out, turns around with the Big Apple in the background, gives a “Go Gators” and flashes his Gator gloves.
Hansard (6-4 310) from the Hun School in Princeton, NJ chose the Gators over the over his other two finalists Rutger, the home state school, and Tennessee.
He is a composite four star recruit, the 11th ranked defensive tackle nationally and #201 overall according to the 247sports composite rankings.
The third defensive tackle in this class, Hansard brings a good combination of size and ahleticism as a three technique DT who is versatile enough to move around along the line.
A big bodied guy with a compact frame who absolutely blows up offensive lineman, he has great quickness off the ball and can run down the line.
He is strong at the point of attack and plays with good technique and pad level but that quick first step is unusual for a guy his size and should continue a long line of great Gator defensive tackles.
He is the Gators 15th commitment for this cycle and likely not the last for today as long time Gator lean CB Shawn Davis is scheduled to make his choice known this evening.