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Florida football recruiting: Lineman Richerd Desir-Jones commits to Gators, flips from FIU


Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida has a desperate need for big bodies up front, especially on the offensive line. The latest young man choosing to be try to fill that need: St. Thomas Aquinas lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, who committed to the Gators on Saturday, announcing his decision in a series of exuberant tweets.

Richerd Desir-Jones

At 6'4" and around 290 pounds, Desir-Jones has the frame to play on either side of the ball, and played both guard and defensive tackle for Aquinas, one of the dynastic programs in Florida — and national — high school football.

But due to significantly greater need on offense, and a glut of talent at defensive tackle, he'll likely at least start his Gators career on the offensive line.

And, in time, he could be a mauler there, if he's as tenacious as his highlights suggest.

Desir-Jones is rated a consensus three-star prospect, and is switching his commitment to Florida from FIU, continuing the Gators' dominance of the Golden Panthers on the recruiting trail.

He's also Florida's 11th commitment in the Class of 2015, which may not seem like a lot with four days to go before National Signing Day. This is because it's not.