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Florida Football Recruiting: Octavius Jackson Becomes Gators' 22nd Commitment

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Florida picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County), according to ESPN's Derek Tyson, bringing the Gators' 2013 class to 22 members. Jackson picked Florida over Vanderbilt and had offers from Kentucky, USF and UCF.

You won't find any stars next to his name on Jackson's Rivals page, but the Gators are doing something they failed to do in the previous two classes: recruit quantity on the offensive line, not just quality. Whether taking a commitment from Jackson is a sign that things aren't going well with Laremy Tunsil or is insurance for a possible decommitment remains to be seen.

It's easy to talk yourself into liking a two-star receiver and a do-everything-it-takes-to-get-an-offer prospect like Gainesville's own Chris Thompson, but it's not easy to convince yourself into liking the Jackson pick-up. He has nice size at 6'4", 285, but he'll probably need to add a little weight (and experience, for that matter) before he's playing-time ready. Jeff Dillman, this one's for you.

Florida now has four offensive linemen in the 2013 class: Rod Johnson, Josh Outlaw, Cameron Dillard and Jackson. Johnson's and Outlaw's commitments have been shaky at times, and five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil seems to be favoring Georgia and Alabama.

Other offensive linemen to keep an eye on: Joe Fennell, David Dawson, Tyrone Crowder and Trenton Brown, who recently committed to Georgia.