2017 Gators Board: Defensive Tackle

Our look into the 2017 Florida board moves to the defensive side of the ball. With the Gators taking no defensive tackles in the 2016 class, who are they targeting this year?

Plenty of eyes on this next position. Florida was unable to secure one defensive tackle pledge in  2016 and will certainly look to add a few in this class. Lets take a look at the targets and where they stand. 

Florida offered Fred Hansard in the new year, and the Gators are sitting very high with the Hun School standout. The four-star defensive tackle from New Jersey told FightinGators.com that it was the offer he was waiting for. Hansard has been a fan of the program for years and hopes to visit soon. He holds offers from Alabama, Miami, Penn State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Michigan and Tennessee. 

The Gators still lead for defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon. The Scout 300 prospect from Georgia has had Florida on top since his recent junior day visit. Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Ole Miss are also high on his list. 

Cory Durden is in the Gators' back yard in Newberry, however, Florida State is making a good push for the four-star defensive tackle. But Florida, Miami and Oklahoma are still right inthe mix for the standout. 

Durden's teammate at Newberry, Ja'len Parks, is already committed to the Noles. Parks made his decision to pledge to FSU on July 2014. He continues to stay in contact with the Florida staff, visiting the Gators last fall for the game against Tennessee. 

Florida continues to watch Xach Gill. The Wake Forest, North Carolina,  native does no hold an offer from the Gators, however, he is seeing some interest. Gill currently holds offers from: LSU, Miami, NC State, North Carolin, Tennessee and Penn State.

I was not originally going to put in Scout 100 defensive tackle, Eric Crosby, however, some have asked where things stand with the Virginia Beach native. Crosby recently announced his top five: Alabama, Clemson, NC State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He plans to announce sometime in April, so it doesn't seem he is as far of a long shot as you can get right now. 

Another prospect to monitor is Jordon Scott. The Pinellas Park tackle holds offers from Boston College, FAU, Florida State and USF among others. Scott has been flying under the radar a bit and is expected to land big offers this spring. 

M.J. Webb has plenty of suitors: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan , Penn State, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech, just to name a few. The Gators should feel good about where they stand right now with Webb. The four-star defensive tackle from Georgia recently visited Gainesville and told Bob Redman that he will be back. 

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