This is the seventh in a 10-part series looking at the positional needs and early targets for Florida football in the 2015 recruiting class.
The Gators currently have 19 scholarships available excluding walk-ons. With potential juniors leaving early and inevitable attrition, UF will likely sign 28-30 prospects next year.
Here’s a breakdown of the defensive tackle position:
Returning players: Jay-nard Bostwick, Caleb Brantley, Khairi Clark, Thomas Holley, Antonio Riles
Verbal commits: None
Top targets: Andrew Ivie, Kahlil McKenzie, Adam McLean, Trent Thompson, Shy Tuttle
Others offered: Rasheem Green, Sterling Johnson, Anthony Rush, Tim Settle, Christian Wilkins
The skinny: Florida has built its numbers back up at this position in the last two classes and will likely add two more for 2015 with seniors Darious Cummings and Leon Orr graduating. Ivie is almost a sure bet to sign with the Gators. He’s the younger brother of UF sophomore defensive lineman Joey Ivie and was offered by Will Muschamp on Feb. 3. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder from Dade City Pasco is trying to take his process slow and consider other options, but it seems like only a matter of time before he pulls the trigger for Florida.
Where the Gators go from there is a bit of a question mark. Elite out-of-state prospects Thompson and Tuttle have shown interest, but both appear to be higher on other schools. McKenzie received an offer from Florida on Feb. 1 and plans to visit for a spring practice, but as is the case with any California kid, it will be hard for UF to land him due to the distance factor.
Florida’s second DT might end up being McLean, who won overall lineman MVP honors at the Next Level Nation Five Star Showcase over the weekend. He told 247Sports that UF is in his Top 5 and reportedly showed up at the event wearing a Gators shirt, for what it’s worth. The Maryland prospect is also friends with Florida early enrollee Jalen Tabor. The next step for UF will be getting McLean on campus.