UF adds TE to commit list

A priority for Florida this season is tight end and they landed a good one from Texas in <B>Tate Casey</B>. He committed to the Gators over the UCLA Bruins.

Tate Casey had two big decisions that would greatly impact his future. One was decided today. Casey, 6-6 and 220 pounds, is one of the top tight ends in America. He also throws a fastball in the mid-90s. He decided on his future for football this weekend.

"I committed to Florida," Casey said. "Before I made the trip I had narrowed it down to Florida and UCLA. I told my folks that if Florida was what I expected than I would commit. If not, I knew I could go to UCLA. From the moment I go to Gainesville it was everything I expected. I knew what to do."

For the Gators, this solves a big piece to their recruiting puzzle. They needed tight ends and Casey is the second prospect to commit. Junior college transfer Markell Thompson has already enrolled at Florida.

"The opportunity at Florida really caught my eye and it had a great impact on my decision. Seeing what (Ben) Troupe did this season also had an impact on me. Someone has to play tight end next season.

"Also, the location is great. Gainesville looks like a nice place to live. The people seem wonderful and you have to love the fans at Florida because the fans at Florida love their team. Plus, they have a young quarterback (Chris Leak) that will be there for three more years."

This past season Casey caught 15 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown. As a junior he caught 19 passes for 362 yards and three scores.

Another big decision looming for Casey is what happens in June's Major League Baseball Draft. He has one of the best arms in the nation.

"I topped out this summer at 95 mph. I told coach Zook not to worry about it because right now all I am worried about is football. I now have that monkey off my back. My plan is just to get ready for football and Florida in June. I am looking at Summer B. If the baseball draft works out than great. If not, I am ready to be a Gator. I may even try and play both sports at UF. Like I said, right now I am not worried about it."

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