Florida coach Will Muschamp came up big on the recruiting trail Sunday.
Junior college offensive lineman Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military), offensive lineman Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage and linebacker Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) announced their verbal commitments to UF via Twitter.
All three prospects confirmed their decisions with The Sun through text message.
Brown planned to publicly pledge at a ceremony on Dec. 19, but he chose to deliver the news early. “Gator Nation … add me to that #1 recruiting class,” he tweeted.
Brown will enroll at UF in January and has two years of eligibility left. The 6-foot-8, 350-pounder is expected to compete for playing time next season at one of the tackle spots.
The addition of Brown should make Florida’s offensive line one of the team’s strongest units in 2013. Chaz Green, Jon Halapio, Jonotthan Harrison and D.J. Humphries return as starters for the Gators, and they will also have Jessamen Dunker, Max Garcia and Tyler Moore available along with Brown.
Helping out with the depth will be Johnson, who already possesses college size at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds. The four-star prospect committed to Florida after an unofficial visit in March, but he parted ways with the Gators on Aug. 12 to re-open his recruitment.
After considering schools such as Auburn, Florida State and West Virginia, Johnson decided UF was the best place for him and recommitted via Twitter.
“It’s official Gator Nation I’m back,” tweeted Johnson, who will officially visit Florida in January.
Johnson and Brown give the Gators five offensive line commits for the 2013 class, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN.
Rolin, a consensus four-star, committed to South Carolina on May 25 and had several members of his family graduate from the school. The Gators finished in second place, but they continued to recruit him.
UF linebackers coach D.J. Durkin had an in-home visit with Rolin on Nov. 28, and then he took an official to Florida two days later.
After a week of pondering what he called a “tough decision,” the Under Armour-All American made the switch.
“Going back on my word is something I never imagined myself doing and it hurts me to do it, but in end I have do what’s best for me. That being said. I would like to let everyone know that I have decommited from The University of South Carolina. I have officially committed to THE University of Florida. I will be wearing #9 as I continue to chase my dreams at Florida,” Rolin wrote on his Twitter account Sunday.
Rolin, an early enrollee, had surgery on his torn ACL last week and will likely redshirt in the fall.
UF now has 25 members in its 2013 class, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN and has 11 prospects from the ESPN150 with Rolin on board. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent.