The Florida Gators exited the weekend with two commits in the first four days of June.
Make that three in five.
2019 offensive lineman Andrew Coker announced his commitment to Florida just after noon on Monday with a tweet...
...and Jim McElwain’s #ChompChomp tweet followed just six minutes later.
Coker is a hulking offensive lineman from Taylor High in Katy, Texas, checking in at 6’7” and 335 pounds per his 247Sports recruiting profile, and is a three-star recruit per that same service, though he does not yet have a 247Sports Composite ranking. That lack of ranking isn’t unusual for a rising high school junior.
Being 6’7” and 335 pounds is.
Coker’s highlights show him making good use of his prodigious size and strength, but there’s simply not much to be drawn from them: He’s clearly the largest person on the field by at least a few inches, and likely outweighs most of his competitors by 100 pounds or more. While we can see that Coker does not have unreal foot speed to match his size, there’s not a lot for the layman to draw from his reel.
But Coker has had an offer from Florida, his first major-school scholarship tender, for a couple of weeks now, and just camped in Gainesville before offensive line coach Brad Davis and others. The Gators are not taking him based on his work overpowering scrawny high school defenders on Hudl, one assumes — and given that Davis has strong Texas ties, having coached for North Texas last year and served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M before that, it wouldn’t be stunning to learn that he has more insight into Coker than what he’s seen in person and on film.
Since hiring Davis, Florida has taken commitments from Coker and 2018 tight end/lineman Jalen Goss, and made inroads with a slew of other talented offensive linemen, including 2018 heavyweights William Barnes and Richard Gouraige.
Coker is Florida’s eighth commitment for the 2019 recruiting cycle, and joins a class still ranked No. 1 nationally. He also pushes that 2019 class one commit ahead of Florida’s 2018 class, which has just seven commits.