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Early Signing Period 2017: TE Dante Lang signs with Florida Gators

NCAA Football: Alabama-Birmingham at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators haven’t made much use of the tight end position in recent years. Now, in the 2018 recruiting class, they have two new ones signed, with Dante Lang joining Kyle Pitts in inking with the Gators on Wednesday as part of the 2017 early signing period.

When Lang originally committed to the Gators back in July — becoming the first player to commit to the Gators during a flurry of activity centered around Florida’s Friday Night Lights recruiting camp — it was as a player who had played more defensive end than tight end in high school. Now, Lang has put more on film as a pass-catcher — and it’s good film of him showing soft hands and running roughshod after the catch.

Lang hails from Boca Raton (and Boca Raton High) and is a three-star prospect. He and Pitts will step into a tight end position that will no longer have its best receiving threat of recent years, as DeAndre Goolsby is out of eligibility, and will likely compete with C’yontai Lewis, Moral Stephens, and Kemore Gamble for playing time.

Lang is Florida’s ninth signee to be announced during the 2017 early signing period, and is part of a (currently) 13-player 2018 recruiting class that is (currently) ranked No. 30 nationally.