Venice becoming UF pipeline

The Gators get two commitments out of Venice on Monday. The 2011 prospect committed first his teammate in the 2012 commitment went shortly there after.

"Florida has always been my leader and I was going to commit there anyway, but after Clay Burton did it today, I felt like today would be the right time for me to do it too," said Omari Phillips.

"I sent a message to Coach Pantoni (Graduate Assistant) and told him I was ready to commit and he got me on the phone with Urban Meyer."

"Coach Meyer asked if I was ready to be a Gator and I told him yes. He told me that he was glad to have me and that he now had Trey Burton, Clay Burton, and me, so Venice was becoming a pipeline for Florida."

Coach Meyer got on the phone with Omari's mother next and it was official, the 6-foot-5, 270 pound lineman out of Venice was all orange and blue.

"I knew for a while I was going to Florida, they have been my leader for a long time, and I am excited about my future there. It has always felt like home to me, they have a great coaching staff, and I will feel like I am playing with my brothers (Trey and Clay). It feels great to be a Gator."

Phillips is projected by Scout to play offensive tackle and he is a member of the 2012 Scout100. Florida told him that he could end up on either side of the ball in Gainesville.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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