The Florida Gators recruiting class picked up its 15th member of the class on Friday when defensive tackle Fred Hansard (6-3, 324, Princeton, NJ. Hun School) committed to Florida with a Bleacher Report video.
“Go Gators,” Hansard said when picking his school on Friday.
The New Jersey native picked the Gators over Rutgers, Tennessee and 32 other scholarship offers.
Hansard made his first and only visit to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights and told GatorCountry that the visit was a good one.
“I really loved everything about it,” Hansard said of the visit. “The coaches, the players, the commits and the university. The way I felt comfortable there stuck out to me.”
Since early spring Hansard has been a top target for the Gators and defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
Rumph visited Hansard twice this spring and his school and the two have developed quite the relationship.
“I love Coach Rumph and what he brings to the table,” he said of Rumph. “For sure what I’m looking for in my future coach and he tells me that he needs me. He says he wants me to join the family.”
Hansard joins defensive tackles Jordon Scott and JUCO defensive tackle Javier Edwards as members of the class at the position.
The Gators are trying to sign three to four at the position after Thomas Holley and Andrew Ivie both were medically redshirted this fall.
Last season Hansard had 32 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and three sacks despite missing three games due to injury. Hansard also played left tackle for his high school team and that earned him first team all-area by the Times of Trenton newspaper.
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