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National Signing Day 2018: DE Andrew Chatfield commits to Florida Gators

Florida lands a speed merchant off the edge.

UMass v Florida Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield committed to the Florida Gators this morning, making a National Signing Day decision with the help of a Chucky doll wearing a Gators hat.

Chatfield chose the Gators over Florida State, Miami, and Oklahoma.

Florida has also confirmed Chatfield’s signing.

The 6’2”, 221-pound edge rusher’s other highlights are available here, and feature an explosive burst off the edge.

Chatfield was committed to Ohio State for much of 2017, but reopened his commitment in July after visiting Florida for Saturday Night Lights and being offered by the Gators.

A source told Alligator Army shortly after Friday Night Lights that Chatfield had committed to Florida coaches at that time. Obviously, that commitment never became public, and the Gators firing Jim McElwain and then turning over the entire coaching staff that Chatfield had committed to essentially reset his recruitment — but Chatfield did ultimately end up a Gator, months after originally committing to be one.

Chatfield is the 17th commitment in Florida’s 2018 class, and the second player to sign today, following wide receiver Justin Watkins.