Clark surprises Muschamp with his commitment

On Saturday afternoon the Gators received good news and news that kind of came out of nowhere.

Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark tweeted that he committed to Florida and it even caught Will Muschamp off guard.

“Just committed to the University of Florida,” Clark tweeted.

“When I called coach (Will) Muschamp to tell him he said is this for real,” Clark said. “He was excited and said that it’s great to be a part of the Gator family and that Florida got better today with me committing to them.”

“Honestly today was just one of those days where I woke up and I was thinking about how much I liked Florida,” Clark said. “Ever since my visit up there in February I have like Florida.”

The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Clark was last on Florida’s campus during spring practice and following that visit named Florida and Miami his co-leaders.

“I choose Florida over Miami because I want to play for a bigger team and play in the SEC,” Clark said. “I wanted to go out and have a challenge and not just play in the ACC.”

Clark choose Florida over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska and Notre Dame and it was the Gators family atmosphere that set them apart.

“I loved everything about Florida,” Clark said. “I loved the campus, the coaches, the players everything. It was just a family atmosphere at Florida.”

Clark says that this is his final decision and he considers himself a solid verbal commitment to Florida.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.