Posted: 2:12 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Andy Hutchins
Tuesday night brought news of another big — literally big — pickup for the Florida Gators on the recruiting trail: Rivals' Blake Alderman was first to report ($) that Louisiana offensive lineman Joseph Paul had committed to Florida.
Paul is a massive prospect, at 6'4" and 340 pounds according to Rivals and 6'4", 335 according to 247Sports. But watch these highlights and try not to be impressed by Paul's mobility, even at that size. (I also appreciate that someone picked the great "MMG The World Is Ours" instrumental as the backing.)
In those junior highlights, Paul's probably playing at 340-plus and consistently getting to the second level and finishing three- to five-second blocks. This is easier, of course, against high school competition, but the drive, motor, and consistency are all there, and Paul's frame could certainly be sculpted a bit by Jeff Dillman.
More critically, Paul's commitment gives Florida three 2014 offensive lineman before March 2013 is even over — Paul joins Benjamin Knox and Travaris Dorsey, who each committed at Florida's first Junior Day in February. And Florida is still in fantastic position for 2014 tackle Denzel Ward, who is now at IMG in Bradenton and has named the Gators his leader.
It's hard to pick an instant-impact guy out of that quartet — Knox and Ward are each relatively new to football, and need to gain weight; Dorsey and Paul could stand to lose some pounds — but that's a good thing, because it's a sign that Florida feels like it has its core on the line for the next two years, and needs only to add depth.
If that sounds like Alabama's strategy to you, congrats: You know that Will Muschamp is only gonna steal from the best in the realm of recruiting and offense.