GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Though Florida signed two of the top linemen in the country last year in D.J. Humphries and Jessamen Dunker, the Gators failed to land the total number of offensive linemen they wanted to sign.
Still low on numbers, Florida is looking to sign at least five offensive linemen for the 2013 recruiting class and took a big step in fulfilling that number by landing two out-of-state linemen this weekend.
Center prospect Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton), who committed to Florida on Monday, grew up in North Carolina before moving up to Michigan. Dillard said he couldn't pass up a chance to play for his favorite childhood team.
"I knew it was the place for me," Dillard said. "I got that gut feeling that I always talk about. I always knew since I was a kid that I wanted to be a Gator, and once coach [Will] Muschamp gave me that opportunity to play for the Gators, I took it."
Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King HS offensive linemen Josh Outlaw committed to Florida shortly after the spring game on Saturday.
With Florida's lack of numbers along the line, Outlaw said a key reason was the opportunity to play early.
"Florida is just the place for me," Outlaw said. "It's a great place to be, and I have a great opportunity to play early there."
Outlaw and Dillard join Delray Beach (Fla.) lineman Rod Johnson, Florida's other offensive line commit. With three pledges along the line and almost 10 months remaining until signing day, the Gators can afford to be selective in who they take next.
Five-star local product Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) is likely the top offensive lineman remaining on Florida's board. Tunsil was not able to make it to Florida's spring game, but the Gators will likely be in contention for his signature until the end.
UF has positioned itself nicely for other top linemen, and with the hot start, the offensive line could be a position of strength in this recruiting class.