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Early Signing Period 2017: OT Chris Bleich signs with Florida Gators

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The first recruit to commit to Mullen becomes the first to sign with him.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators have their first signee of the new early signing period. Three-star offensive tackle Chris Bleich, who flipped from UCLA to Florida on November 29, signed with the Gators this morning. Bleich reopened his recruitment after UCLA dismissed Jim Mora.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced Bleich’s signing on Twitter:

The 6-foot-6 305-pound player from Pennsylvania had decided to commit to Florida in part because of his preexisting relationship with Mullen, and former Mississippi State offensive line coach, and current Florida assistant coach, John Hevesy.

You can view full highlights of Bleich here, or in the tweet from Florida above.

Bleich is the first signee of the Gators’ early signing period, and one of Florida’s 13 current commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, which is presently ranked No. 30 by the 247Sports Composite rankings.