The Florida Gators received the commitment of four-star 2018 offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap, Jr., this evening. Dunlap is rated as the nation’s No. 6 offensive guard according to the 247Sports Composite.
Dunlap chose Florida out of a top-five of Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Oklahoma, and held many other offers. He announced his decision on Twitter, as recruits are wont to do. Today is a significant day for Dunlap, as it would have been his deceased father’s 52nd birthday, and Dunlap chose to make his commitment on this day as a tribute to his namesake.
Officially committed... #Allbite18 #GOGATORS pic.twitter.com/JcCjekeuzc— R.I.P Pops (@Curtisdunlapjr) July 18, 2017
That commitment was confirmed by Jim McElwain’s customary #ChompChomp tweet.
#CHOMPCHOMP!!!!!!!!! #AllBite18— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) July 18, 2017
(And for those of you keeping track of McElwain’s exclamation point usage with regards to these announcements - this one contained a lot of them.)
The 6’4” 368 pound Dunlap hails from Jacksonville but attends IMG Academy - a private facility and school in Brandenton, Florida. Should he remain in the Gators’ class through National Signing Day, he would become the first recruit from that school to sign with Florida; and thus end a five-year drought, the existence of which has been much maligned by some.
You can view highlights of Dunlap via Hudl here.
The massive offensive lineman competed at The Opening Finals, an all-star camp, earlier this month and was one of the top performers at his position. He’s the first offensive line recruit to commit to the Gators under new offensive line coach Brad Davis.
Faith in God, Integrity, Toughness, & Determination to be a Difference Maker! The Gators just got better!— Brad Davis (@coachbraddavis) July 18, 2017
With Dunlap’s commitment, the Gators have eight recruits pledged for the 2018 class. That class is currently ranked No. 44, according to the 247Sports Composite. National Signing Day 2018 is 204 days away - so go ahead and fret about that if you’d like, I guess.
The other present members of Florida’s 2018 class include four-star safety Amari Burnett, four-star running back Iverson Clement, three-star cornerback Divaad Wilson, three-star wide receiver Corey Gammage, three-star wide receiver Jalynn Williams, three-star safety Deontai Williams, and three-star defensive end Taylor Upshaw.