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Florida football recruiting: Four-star DT Jaelin Humphries commits to Gators

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The Gators nab a big man to man their defensive interior.

University of Florida Introduces Dan Mullen Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

It had been a while since the Florida Gators’ last pickup on the recruiting trail.

On Tuesday, they got a literal big one.

Four-star defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries committed to the Gators Tuesday morning, doing so via tweet.

And with Dan Mullen confirming the tweet by sending his #ToTheSwamp bat signal...

...and retweeting not just the tweet from Humphries but an assessment of Humphries from currently freelance recruiting writer Jason Higdon, it’s clear that Humphries’s pledge is a welcome one.

That makes sense: Humphries, who hails from Lawrenceville, Georgia, and spent the past weekend in Gainesville, is rated a four-star defensive tackle by the 247Sports Composite ranking, and as the nation’s No. 201 overall prospect, which makes him Florida’s current highest-rated commit in the Class of 2019. And Humphries has the athleticism to play both offensive and defensive line positions in high school, along with great size — he’s 6’3” or 6’4” and about 300 pounds, per multiple recruiting services — for the position.

Florida clearly sees Humphries as a defensive tackle, so he’s the Gators’ first commitment at that position for the 2019 cycle, rather than their third offensive tackle.

Humphries becoming Florida’s first new commitment since linebacker Tyron Hopper committed in late April means the Gators now have nine verbal commitments for the 2019 cycle, with six having committed to the Gators since Mullen’s hiring and three remaining in the fold after having committed to Jim McElwain’s staff. That class ranks No. 23 nationally — for now.