Barnum Commits to the Gators

The Florida Gators picked up their second offensive linemen in the last week after Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson's Ricky Barnum verbally committed to Florida on Friday.

Ricky Barnum is a 6-3, 280-pound offensive guard who is's No. 19 ranked guard in the class of 2008. Barnum chose the Gators over South Florida, Alabama, Georgia and West Virginia.

"Ricky has had Florida on top for a longtime, but decided now is the time with the class filling up," Lake Gibson head coach Keith DeMyer said. "He's a great kid, a real quality person and an even better player. He has good academics and never gets in trouble on or off the field. He's a great leader and a first class act all the way."

Barnum played offensive tackle in high school, but has projected as a guard in college. His coach thinks otherwise.

"With what everyone is looking at in today's game, with the 6-7 tackles and 6-5 guards, Ricky being 6-3 can play all those positions," DeMyer said. "But I expect him to excel at center at the next level."

DeMyer also said Barnum has all the skills to be successful in college.

"He has exceptionally quick feet," he said. "He finishes blocks better than Jason Watkins ever did. He can really get to the next level. He keeps his feet, engages the linebackers, has great balance and he plays through the whistle. Sometimes his style of playing through the whistle cost us some penalties, but he's got that attidue that you want to see from your offensive linemen. The Gators are getting a good one and he's just a good coachable kid."

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