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Florida football recruiting: 2018 TE/DE Dante Lang commits to Gators

The Gators’ Friday Night Lights haul reaches one player.

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The Florida Gators are hosting their annual Friday Night Lights recruiting event on this Friday, and came into the day expecting to add commits to a week that already had two. On Friday afternoon, they got their first from 2018 tight end/defensive end Dante Lang.

Lang is a three-star prospect from Boca Raton High who also held offers from Arkansas, Miami, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech, among other schools. While he is listed at defensive end, it is likely that Florida is taking his commitment with the expectation that he will be a tight end at the collegiate level.

Certainly, that makes more sense for a 6’5”, 220-pound player who could far more easily scale that frame to the demands of playing tight end than the rigors of playing defensive end. (His highlights are heavy on defense, for whatever that’s worth.)

Lang’s commitment gives Florida 10 commitments — double digits! — in its 2018 recruiting class, and may be the commitment that finally gets the Gators to that double-digit plateau for good, especially if Florida can reel in other prospects over the course of this weekend.