Florida fans had plenty of reason to celebrate Wednesday morning despite five-star prospects Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tracy Howard going elsewhere.
The Gators stole five-star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg/Lakewood) from FSU and picked up three-star receiver Raphael Andrades (Tallahassee/Lincoln).
Fowler had been committed to the Seminoles since December 2010, but last week he didn’t know where he was going. He made seven trips to Gainesville during his recruitment and became close with the UF commits. The Under Armour All-American will play the buck linebacker position at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds and softens the blow of missing Harvey-Clemons.
“I just felt Florida was the best fit for me,” Fowler told ESPN. “I always hated Florida, and I always told myself I would never go to Florida and now I’m about to be playing for them.”
Andrades flew under the radar and was a late addition for UF, which lost five-star WR Nelson Agholor to USC. The 6-foot, 190-pound Andrades was one of the top performers at Friday Night Lights and also camped at Florida in the summer. He is coached by former Gator receiver Jacquez Green. As a senior, Andrades had 41 receptions for over 800 yards and a school record 13 touchdowns.