Imatorbhebhe commits to Florida

The first commitment of the Jim McElwain era is in.

Desperate for difference makers at tight end, the Gators picked up a commitment from Daniel Imatorbhebhe on Tuesday afternoon. The No. 29 tight end in the country met with new Florida head coach Jim McElwain last week during an in-home visit, and he took his official visit to California over the weekend.

"Thank you to all the people/coaches that have support me and given me an opportunity to play at their schools," Imatorbhebhe tweeted. "I'm extremely proud to announce that I will be attending The University of Florida!"

Set to early enroll, Imatorbhebhe got the decision out of the way on Tuesday with his commitment. The 6-4, 220-pound tight end will have the benefit of going through spring practice with Florida and be more prepared to play immediately as a freshman during the 2015 season.

Imatorbhebhe was previously committed to Missouri before decommitting. He took an official visit to Florida for its game against Kentucky and left impressed. However, the coaching chance left some uncertainty with him. That was smoothed over during his in-home visit to McElwain and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson last week.

Imatorbhebhe becomes the eighth Florida commit and joins Camrin Knight as the second tight end commitment in the class. Of the eight commitments, wide receiver Derrick Dillon is the only four star.

The Gators signed three tight ends in the 2014 class -- DeAndre Goolsby, C’yontai Lewis and Moral Stephens. Goolsby was the only one that played in 2014 while the other two both took redshirts and sat out. Florida needs immediate help at the position in 2015 after Clay Burton and Tevin Westbrook both graduate and move on from the program. Enrolling early puts Imatorbhebhe squarely in the mix to earn some of that playing time.

Daniel’s brother, Josh Imatorbhebhe, is a three-star wide receiver prospect in the 2016 class. The younger Imatorbhebhe already claims offers from over 15 schools including Florida, Missouri, Ohio State, Kentucky, Cal and Nebraska. Josh Imatorbhebhe sat in on the in-home visit with the Florida coaching staff last week.

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