June 11th, 2013 08:36am

UF picks up a surprise commit


Florida coach Will Muschamp and his assistant coaches have shown the ability to land highly-ranked recruits.

But they also aren’t afraid to sign sleeper (sometimes unknown) prospects that impress them on film and in person.

Bryan is the first defensive end in Florida's 2014 class. (Photo from Bryan's Facebook)

Taven Bryan (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County) is the latest fall into the latter category.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman camped at Florida on Saturday and earned an offer from Muschamp & Co. Bryan then pledged to UF late Monday night, announcing his decision on his Facebook account.

“I have committed to play for the Florida Gators,” he wrote.

Bryan is listed as an offensive tackle by all four recruiting sites, and two (Rivals and Scout) rate him a three-star prospect. But he wants to play a defensive end in college, and the staff took him at his preferred position.

UF now has 10 members in its 2014 class with addition of Bryan, who also held offers from schools such as California, Nebraska, Oregon and Tennessee.

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  1. June 11th, 2013 9:58 am

    Welcome Taven

    by Jeff

  2. June 11th, 2013 10:12 am

    With all due respect, I’m guessing it doesn’t look good for hand, Willis, godcheaux, or Hendrix at sde?

    by Kyle

  3. June 11th, 2013 11:01 am

    Kyle, after you “offer” them, it’s upt to them to do their evaluation and commit. But they must realise that the coaches can’t continue to wait until the last minute for them to dramatize their commitment and or signing. You get the best available talent under your belt as soon as possible and move forward, especially when you know you have the staff to “coach them up”, get them to perform and at a high level. GO GATORS!!!!


  4. June 11th, 2013 11:04 am

    Might be just enough to pressure the 4/5 star DE’s to commit sooner rather than later…

    by Uncle Jhett

  5. June 11th, 2013 12:08 pm

    I understand how it works- staff must have felt the difference wasnt that much so don’t take the risk

    by Kyle

  6. June 11th, 2013 1:46 pm

    Kyle that’s how I see it. DE for ’14 is deep in my opinion. Taven appear to have great size and length (if his listed H and W are accurate). I haven’t seen any video but hope he can help take our pass rush to another level. Selcom aboard. GO GATORS!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  7. June 11th, 2013 5:00 pm

    Watch his highlights. Will be pleasantly surprised

    by Real gator

  8. June 11th, 2013 7:22 pm

    I trust this staff when it comes to recruiting. If they think this cat can compete at defensive end for The University of Florida Fightin’ Gators, I’m good with it.

    by T-bone

  9. June 11th, 2013 7:56 pm

    Yes !

    by Flordia

  10. June 11th, 2013 8:05 pm

    Let the man making millions of dollars handle the team and recruits the rest of you enjoy the ride.

    by GatorMan

  11. June 11th, 2013 8:26 pm

    Hand is a long-shot. He will end up signing with VT, because of his relationship with Foster and it being home. Champ could pull it out, if Fowler and RO-PO have a tremendous season and Hand sees that he would get a lot of exposure, at UF. I doubt he comes to UF, either way.

    by GIGator

  12. June 12th, 2013 12:16 am

    Just watched about 5 plays…convinced! Long, good body lean, aggressive and GAME! GO GATORS!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  13. June 12th, 2013 6:28 am

    RealGator / TigerCatZeroZero, where did you find the highlights??


  14. June 12th, 2013 10:43 am

    [...] * UF picks up surprise commit from Wyoming lineman [...]

    by What they're saying around the SEC on Wednesday (links) | Alabama

  15. June 12th, 2013 12:23 pm

    Looking forward to this kid’s development.

    Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/638799/taven-bryan

    by Edward

  16. June 12th, 2013 1:35 pm

    Hand is def not a longshot. And in my opinion we need hand badly. I’m tired if us signing “sleepers”, not saying that they cant develop, but there is a reason why some of these top rated recruits get so much attention.

    by Gary poe

  17. June 12th, 2013 1:42 pm

    CREEk GATOR, others: Here is a link to some of his plays: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/638799/#taven-bryan GO GATORS!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  18. June 12th, 2013 1:44 pm

    Thanks Edward…the delay caused me to duplicate the response.

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  19. June 12th, 2013 2:55 pm

    [...] Casper, Wyoming’s Taven Bryan is Florida’s first defensive end commitment in the class of 2014.  Had several other offers, including one from [...]

    by SEC Recruiting Headlines 6/12/2013

  20. June 12th, 2013 3:15 pm

    why is muschamp signing 3 star players? he needs 4 and 5 star players to get a good offense and beat alabama

    by Solman

  21. June 12th, 2013 7:02 pm

    Thanks TigerCatZeroZero, This kid is quick off the ball on Defense, plays with his head up and has a HIGH MOTOR on both sides of the ball. He’s a “breakfast” kind of guy on offense (he LOVES PANCAKES) and stays engaged until his pancakes are finished or the whistle blows. Good foot work and speed. As for Solman stars per sa, don’t win games against Bama or anyone else. What makes a player a 4 or 5 star?? Someones opinion, it appears this kid has enough in coach Muschamp’s OPINION to offer him a shot at THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA! GO GATORS!!!!


  22. June 13th, 2013 2:53 am

    [...] football recruiting: Gators get surprise commitment from Wyoming … Alligator ArmyUF picks up a surprise commit Gatorsports.com (blog)Gators land for Natrona Country (Wyo.) jumbo athlete Taven Bryan 247Sports [...]

    by Taven Bryan Commits to Florida: Gators Land Huge Athlete from Wyoming - Bleacher Report | Land Depot of Florida

  23. June 13th, 2013 7:11 am

    How can a 3 star recruit be a sleeper? I’m just saying. He looks really good on the video. I believe we also need to sign more 4/5 star recruits. We signed 13 – 3 star recruits last year according to Scout. Some turn out great but it’s obviously better to sign more higher rated recruits.

    by steveob

  24. June 13th, 2013 11:19 pm

    Gary poe, Solman, and steveob,
    Morrison was a sleeper and he’s turning out to be quite the star. Smart coaches, like Muschamp, don’t recruit based on stars. They recruit based on the individual, what they see in the individual. This part of what makes Muschamp so good. Be glad he’s so smart. Don’t question it. He’s proven he knows what he’s doing. Until he proves otherwise trust the man.

    by TJ

  25. June 16th, 2013 12:18 am

    TJ- The exception does not prove the rule, look at the past and see historically how many 3 stars majorly contributed. I’m not saying they can’t, but history does not look favorably at this situation.

    by Gary Poe

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