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Florida football recruiting: New Jersey defensive tackle Fred Hansard commits to Gators

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The Gators are in need of defensive tackles and have secured themselves a commitment from a good one. 4-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard, the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 201 overall prospect, committed to Florida today.

Hansard announced his commitment to Florida via a Bleacher Report video:

(That Gator “bat” signal though...)

The 6-foot-3 304-pound Hansard held over 30 offers but had narrowed his choices to Florida, Rutgers, or Tennessee. Hansard’s high school coach says he can play anywhere on the line of scrimmage and noted that he recently lost 20 pounds (he is still listed at 324 on 247 Sports).

Jim McElwain tweeted his traditional post-commitment #ChompChomp and also retweeted Hansard’s commitment video.

Hansard made his first and only trip to Florida for Friday Night Lights and had indicated that he was impressed by the experience. He also had noted that the Gators were badly in need of defensive tackles. Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph had visited Hansard twice this spring and the two have reportedly developed a good relationship.

With Hansard the Gators have 15 commitments in the 2017 class; which now includes three defensive tackles, as Hansard joins junior college commit Javier Edwards and Jordon Scott.