Roderick Johnson re-commits to Florida, adds to Gators' flock

Al Messerschmidt

Roderick Johnson decommitted from Florida in August. Now, in December, he's back on board.

Florida had already had a spectacular recruiting day with the additions of Trenton Brown and Matt Rolin. Then Roderick Johnson rejoined the Florida flock, pushing the Gators' list of commitments to 25 and adding another offensive lineman to a suddenly stacked group.

Johnson announced his commitment to the world on Facebook and Twitter, and it's a legitimate commitment, once more putting Johnson in line to play for the Gators. Johnson is a three-star lineman with some great size at 6'5" and 315 pounds, and he could have a future anywhere inside on either offense or defense for Florida.

Johnson had previously decommitted from Florida in August, but it seems likely that this commitment will stick: Johnson was the one doing the calling this time around, and may have talked his way back into Florida's class instead of being talked back into it.

Johnson brings the tally of new offensive linemen Florida will have available for the 2013 season to five — transfers Max Garcia and Tyler Moore, JUCO mammoth Trenton Brown, and high school recruits Octavius Jackson, Cameron Dillard, and Johnson will all arrive either in the spring or summer. That's a lot of bulk and depth for a unit that began 2012 as an enigma and ended it as the Gators' strength on offense.

Florida has 25 commitments, and will almost certainly lose some players in the near future to transfers and attrition with the recruiting class swelling. But the quality and quantity of the players coming in might make those rather painless losses.

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