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December 31, 2005

Gilbert commits to the Gators

The University of Florida received both good and bad news from a pair of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas teammates in the past week. While 5-star prospect Sam Young was in the process of eliminating the Gators, his line-mate, 4-star, Rivals250 member Marcus Gilbert was doing just the opposite, becoming the twenty-seventh prospect to publicly commit to play for Urban Meyer and his staff.

Chomping at the bit
While posing for pictures late in the game, Gilbert was seen doing the Gator Chomp. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Rivals 250 prospect was then asked if that meant something was up concerning his future.

His answer will make Gator fans happy.

"I committed to Florida a week ago," Gilbert, the nation's No. 18 offensive tackle, said. "I just saw all the other great players they were getting, and I figured it was time I join them."

Gilbert visited Auburn back on December 16 and was slated to visit Florida State and Miami in January. He said he's not sure what is going to happen with a scheduled visit to Miami on January 27, but for now he's extremely excited about being a Gator. He was recruited by UF assistant John Holliday.

"I was down here all week with a bunch of other Gators," Gilbert said. "And it was really great. I got to know all of them, and they're great guys. I can't wait to get to school with them. I can now call them all my friends and my future teammates."

The Gator nation
With Gilbert going public, that means there were seven UF commitments on the field Saturday. Tebow led the other Gator commitments in a late fourth quarter chant of "Go Gators, go Gators, go."

Instantly he was surrounded by Gator pledges Dustin Doe, Jarred Fayson, Bryan Thomas, Jacques Rickerson and Jim Barrie. They then began to do the chant in unison.

The chant excited a Florida fan, who was sitting alone in the front row of stands with an orange and blue sign that had each of the commitments names on it. When he heard the chant, the fan held the sign up and the UF commitments all pointed toward him.

"The Gators are nation wide," the fan said.

"You know it," Rickerson said back in reply.


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