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Florida football recruiting: Mike Horton commits, Gators get hulking OL

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Florida's loading up its offensive line. And Mike Horton is absolutely a load.

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Georgia offensive lineman Mike Horton of Lakeside High in DeKalb committed to Florida on Thursday night, as first reported by Rivals' Woody Wommack.

Horton is rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, but 247Sports' own rankings and ESPN's both rate him a four-star prospect. Horton profiles as a guard (or, perhaps, a defensive tackle) at the collegiate level, and there's little disagreement about his size: At around 6'4" and 320 pounds, he's a load in the trenches. He chose Florida over a group of finalists that doubled as a laundry list of SEC schools: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Tennessee.

His junior highlight film, which shows him playing tackle on both offense and defense, is a master class in mauling, as Horton overpowers players who simply don't have his size or athleticism. Horton may need to shed some bad weight to be a consistent collegiate performer, but he moves well for his size, and finishes plays.

There should still be two or three spots left on the line in the 2015 class beyond the ones currently occupied by Horton, Jacksonville center prospect/ace Twitter recruiter Tyler Jordan and #BabyGatorSwag pioneer George Brown, Jr. of Ohio.

But while Florida hosted Matthew Burrell and Brandon Sandifer at last week's Friday Night Lights even, and while Jordan and other Florida commits have blown up longtime Michigan State commit Kyonta Stallworth on Twitter of late, the Gators might hold out on taking commitments for those positions for a while. If they do so, it's likely because they're waiting on a couple of top-tier prospects in particular: Apopka lineman Martez Ivey, the consensus best lineman in this class, who appears to be a Florida-Auburn battle, and Isaiah Prince, a towering Maryland tackle with enormous upside who also visited for Friday Night Lights.

In the near term, Horton may help Florida seal the deal with his good friend Adonis Thomas, an excellent four-star linebacker of nearby Lawrenceville planning to announce a commitment on Friday. Horton previously discussed the possibility of playing with Thomas at the collegiate level with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Thomas will be deciding between Alabama and Florida.

Horton's commitment, the third in six days for Florida, brings the Gators back to nine in the 2015 recruiting class. If Thomas pledges to the Gators on Friday, Florida will be back in double digits, after four decommitments in 10 days trimmed its 2015 class to just seven prospects.