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Florida football recruiting: 2016 center Brett Heggie commits, adds depth on line

Florida's offensive line continues to get more depth under Jim McElwain.

Florida has reeled in a third commitment at its Friday Night Lights camp: Orlando Mount Dora offensive lineman Brett Heggie has committed to the Gators, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Heggie is a three-star prospect, and just outside the top 100 prospects in Florida for the 2016 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. But he's 6'4" and change and already 300 pounds, so he has lineman size, and he also plays center for Mount Dora and projects as a center at the collegiate — a pretty good one, in fact. Those same 247Sports rankings rate him as the No. 6 center in this class.

And Florida could really use another center in the 2016 class for depth alone. The Gators were able to replace future NFL starter Jonotthan Harrison with future NFL draftee Max Garcia after the 2013 season, but with Garcia playing his last season in orange and blue last year, that was a stop-gap measure. Now, Florida has a slew of question marks at the position, which could conceivably be played by Trip Thurman, Cameron Dillard, or Tyler Jordan this fall. No matter which of those players wins the battle to start at center — and especially if Thurman, a redshirt senior, does — there still won't be a ton of depth at the position going forward.

So having a third man trained to snap the ball and play offensive line really can't hurt.

Heggie is Florida's 16th commitment for the 2016 recruiting cycle, and joins 2016 defensive back Quincy Lenton and 2017 wide receiver Daquon Green in committing to the Gators on Friday.