When Brad Davis was brought in as the newest Florida Gators offensive line coach in the spring, it was thought he would give the program’s recruiting on the line a shot in the arm after the hit-and-miss efforts of outgoing offensive line coach Mike Summers.
Less than a year into Davis’s tenure, that has happened — and offensive lineman Richard Gouraige committing to the Gators on Friday afternoon is the latest evidence.
Gouraige made the call for the Gators in a tweet which linked to an SEC Country post with a video of Gouraige detailing his journey to this point in his life, and his decision to commit to Florida over Clemson.
Gouraige told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi the commitment lifts a burden.
“It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” Gouraige said. “I finally get to focus on my school and my team. I just want to play football, go to college and make my family proud.”
Gouraige’s mother is from Haiti and worked three jobs as a single parent to raise him and his younger siblings. He opens up about his upbringing in the video.
“There’s nothing better than seeing my mom smile and happy with my decision,” Gouraige said. “My brother and sister support me, too.”
Gouraige is a 247Sports Composite four-star prospect ranked No. 106 in the Composite who attends Tampa’s Cambridge Christian School, and has the right size — at 6’5” and in excess of 270 pounds — to be a contributor at the SEC level.
He joins Curtis Dunlap, an equally large guard attending Bradenton’s IMG Academy, in Florida’s offensive line class for the 2018 cycle. And as both are four-star prospects, they represent a high standard of quality for Florida up front under Davis.
But Dunlap and Gouraige are also unlikely to be Florida’s sole commits on the line.