Posted by Bryan Fischer
Florida head coach Will Muschamp picked up a bit of momentum on the recruiting trail heading into the weekend. Stephenson (Ga.) defensive tackle Jafar Mann became the seventh commitment for the Gators Friday afternoon, verbally committing on his father's birthday.
“He was really happy about that,” Mann told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about honoring his father.
The 6-foot-3, 270 pound defensive tackle joins running back and high school teammate Mike Davis as a Gator commitment. Muschamp is also pursuing Stephenson defensive end Jarontay Jones and linebacker Raphael Kirby so Mann might not be the last from his school to verbally commit to Florida.
“I’d say it’s a strong possibility,” Mann said of the group playing together in college.
The timing of the announcement came as a big of a surprise to some that follow recruiting but for Mann, Florida was a program that was out front for sometime.
“It feels really nice,” he told the paper. “I think I had my mind made up for a while. I just needed to sit back a while and think about it and make sure it was the right decision. I definitely think it’s the best place for me.”
Mann is on the MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 Watch List and held almost 20 scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee. He is the second defensive line commitment for Florida, joining tackle Dante Phillips.
Photo courtesy of Jason Getz, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.