At long last, a five-star commitment has rolled in for the Gators.
OL D.J. Humphries
GatorBait contributor Josh Low was on hand as top-ranked offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) announced his decision to verbally commit to Florida at his high school on Friday evening.
"Florida was the only place I felt like I could spend the next four years playing at," he said. "It felt like home."
Humphries chose Florida over offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, among many, many others. The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder has favored the Gators throughout the process.
"All the other places were good schools and good [football] programs. But Florida was the only place I could see myself spending the next 4-5 years at," Humphries added.
Florida linebackers coach D.J. Durkin and offensive line coach Frank Verducci were the recruiters of record for Humphries. He formed a good relationship with them, as well as offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
"I have a great relationship with all of those guys," Humphries noted of the UF staff. "I talked with all of the coaches about two to three times a week."
Humphries is commitment No. 17 for the Gators and the second on the offensive line -- joining highly ranked Jessamen Dunker out of Boynton Beach (Fla.).
At the press conference, Humphries acknowledged that he will likely take some of his official visits -- but not to any of the schools nearby that he's already visited. Cal and Texas are two likely possibilities to land official visits in the fall from Humphries.
Rated as a five-star prospect according to 247sports, with an overall rating of 98. Humphries has been tabbed as the No. 13-ranked overall player in the country. He is expected to enroll early at Florida in January, and would potentially be available to practice with the Gators next spring.
Josh Low and Justin Wells of GatorBait both contributed to this report.