Four-Star DT Antwine is a Gator

With University of Florida Offensive Coordinator Dan Mullen due in house Monday night, Brandon Antwine decided he would go ahead and make public a decision he made last Thursday. Brandon actually informed Gator Country of his decision to be a Gator Sunday but he waited 24 hours to go public with his decision. The four-star defensive tackle from Garland (TX) is regarded by some recruiting analysts as the best defensive tackle in America.

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The 6-1, 271 pounder wanted to sit down with his mother and talk over his decision, wanting to be sure the two of them are on the same page. He promised the Tennessee coaches that he would visit, so he felt it was necessary to wait before he made his commitment public.

When Gator Country called Antwine on Monday he was ready to end all the speculation. He believes the best place to further his education and his football career is in Gainesville.

"I made my decision," he said definitively Sunday night. "I want to go to the University of Florida. I think it is the best place for me to further my career for the next four or five years."

Brandon had an in-home visit with Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach Greg Mattison this past Thursday and Mattison convinced Antwine that he was his guy. The choice came down to Florida and USC and Brandon says it was a tough decision to make.

"I made the decision Thursday night when he [Mattison] answered a lot of my questions and my mom's questions," he said. "I loved all the people [at USC] but it wasn't the place for me to be. It was a real fast paced environment and I just wouldn't be comfortable there."

The more laid back atmosphere of Gainesville and the University of Florida campus is a little more the pace he likes. That was something that was really important in Brandon's decision making process.

"Florida's not fast and it's a great school," he said. "I won't have to rush to get anywhere really."

It was the coaching staff that most likely sealed the deal for Antwine. He has a real appreciation for Mattison and the way the Florida coach handled his recruiting.

"Coach Mattison is an all around good person," he said. "If he wants you, he is going to get you. Out of all the schools he made me feel like I was his number one guy and I really feel that."

The Gators' head coach is also someone Antwine has grown to trust. Urban Meyer made a real impression on the speedy defensive tackle.

"Coach (Urban) Meyer is also an all around good coach," he said. "He loves his players. When he talks to you, you can't feel anything but safe. You don't have to question anything he says. I know he is going to take care of me."

He mentioned that he will really enjoy playing in the defensive unit that the Gators are putting together and really likes the way they get after the ball already. He wanted Gator fans to know he will be giving it his all on the field.

"The Gator defense is powerful and strong," he said adamantly. "It can't get anything but better. When Gator fans see me they will see lots of energy. I will probably be the ‘livest' thing on the field."

His football season ended abruptly and early two weeks ago, but Brandon Antwine has kept the Gator recruiting going in full gear. With 11 commitments now in the last three weeks, the Gators are on pace to have maybe the best recruiting haul in America this season. Brandon Antwine gives an already great recruiting class another bright star.


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