The Gators 21-20 win over the Gators in the Orange and Blue Debut was not the only reason for fans to celebrate. As has become a new tradition at large group events for Will Muschamp and Co., three 2013 prospects committed to become Florida Gators.
The first commitment of the afternoon came when Lithonia, GA 3-star offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw pulled the trigger. The 6’4″, 290-pound Outlaw is ranked as the 20th best offensive guard in the country, according to Rivals.com, and the second offensive line commitment for the 2013 cycle, joining Delray Beach, FL offensive tackle Roderick Johnson. Outlaw had considered the Gators his number one school for quite for sometime and a commitment seemed inevitable. Outlaw had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina, among others. Outlaw was also the first commitment the Gators accepted from a player outside of the state of Florida for the 2013 cycle.
The day didn’t stop with Outlaw, as the Gators secured a huge commitment from Jacksonville, FL 4-star wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood. The 6’4″, 197-pound Bishop Kenny prospect is ranked as the eighth best wide receiver in the country and 59th overall prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com. Ahmad Fulwood joins 4-star St. Petersburg, FL wide receiver Rodney Adams, as the two wide receiver commitments for the 2013 cycle. The Gators will likely take four wide receivers in 2013, after only securing two wide receivers (Latroy Pittman and Raphael Andrades) in 2012 and two in 2011 (Ja’Juan Story and Javares McRoy (transferred to Texas Tech)). A few weeks ago it seemed that an Ahmad Fulwood commitment was not likely, as his mother told ESPN’s Derek Tyson that she was not yet comfortable with Florida and wanted her son to go out of state. Fulwood also said just under two weeks ago that he was putting his recruitment on hold to focus on school. The commitment was aided by the commitments of Fulwood’s good friends defensive back Nick Washington and linebacker Daniel McMillian. Fulwood also held offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, among dozens of others.
A few moments after the announcement of Ahmad Fulwood’s commitment, Jersey City, N.J. cornerback Tre’ Bell committed to the Gators. The 5’11”, 170-pound St. Peter’s Prep prospect is ranked a 3-star according to Rivals.com, but is considered one of the better “cover corners” in the country with his long arms. The Gators have been high on Bell’s list for a while and was likely waiting on the Gators to accept his commitment. Bell joins safety Keanu Neal and cornerback Nick Washington as the 2013 defensive back commitments. Bell held offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, among others.
The Gators currently have 14 commitments for the 2013 cycle. Commitments are non-binding until National Signing Day on February 6, 2013.
Daniel Thompson is a graduate of the University of Florida, majoring in Political Science and Economics. During his time as an Undergraduate, Thompson worked at the University of Florida Football Recruiting Office for three years. He can be found on Twitter @DK_Thompson and manages TheGatorsDaily.com.