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The Florida Gators are off to a bit of a slow start to the 2018 recruiting cycle. Jim McElwain and company are not getting embarrassed by any stretch but, at last check, Florida ranked at just No. 29 in the country when it comes to the next incoming class according to 247Sports.

With that said, McElwain and his staff are doing big-time work in comes to the 2019 group of high school prospects, and the Gators opened June as the No. 1 squad for that particular cycle. Then, on Monday, Florida added to its growing pool of top-flight rising juniors, as 6’7 offensive lineman Andrew Coker pledged to spend his college career in Gainesville.

Coker, who weighs in at 335 pounds, is seen as a three-star prospect by 247Sports but he boasts an impressive offer list that also includes Indiana and Ole Miss. The native of Texas becomes the eighth player to give a hard verbal commitment to Florida for the 2019 class and six of the players included garner a four-star distinction by 247Sports.

It remains to be seen as to how Coker will progress as he navigates his final two seasons of high school football but the tools are there for him to develop into a physical monster at the next level. Florida’s staff certainly hopes that will be the case and they are planning ahead in a big way for 2019 and beyond.

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