One night after adding beef in the form of Dontae Angus, Florida got a commitment from Justus Reed, who could do work on the lawless edge in the SEC.
I have OFFICIALLY committed to the University Of Florida!!!! I've dreamed of this day all my life, never been happier. #GoGators 🔶🐊🔷— deeR sutsuJ (@jreed_4) July 26, 2013
I'd just like to say thank you to everyone for the congratulations! Thank you to all my friends and family that have been there for me!! #UF— deeR sutsuJ (@jreed_4) July 26, 2013
Reed, from Clearwater Central Catholic, is listed at 6'3" and 216 pounds by 247Sports, at 6'3" and 215 by ESPN, at 6'5" and 235 pounds by Rivals, and I think you can probably bet that the two measurements that seem in line with each other are closer to the truth than the one that seems outlandish on its face. However, whatever his frame, Reed's got impressive tape that shows his quickness coming off the edge.
At 215 pounds, though, Reed's almost guaranteed a redshirt year at Florida before being tossed onto a line tasked with overwhelming an SEC offensive line.
Adding Reed likely means Florida is close to resolving its situation at defensive end and BUCK for the 2014 class. Reed was seen as one in a group of three in-state players, with Trent Harris and Richard Yeargin III, who the Gators were pursuing for the role, and behind top-10 player Lorenzo Carter, one of the white whales of this recruiting class for Florida and many other teams. Taking Reed, and doing so the day before the Gators' Friday Night Lights camp, indicates that Florida is happy to do so, but not necessarily that Florida is out of the running for any of the other three players; taking another of the three sub-Carter players might be an indication that Florida wants to have eggs in its basket while waiting out the ultra-talented Georgian.