The Opening: Anthony Moten Update

Anthony Moten gave his pledge to the Gators earlier in the spring, but still hasn't made it up to campus for a visit. Other programs are after the 2014 defensive tackle of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Get the latest here.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
Since committing to Florida, Anthony Moten hasn't made a trip to Gainesville. A couple other programs haven't let up on the four-star defensive tackle, and he recently visited Miami. Moten said he thought about backing off his Gators pledge.

"I was actually going to possibly decommit at one time because they were bringing more JUCO players in and I'm trying to go in as a freshman and actually play. So (I talked to the coaches), and Khairi Clark came in and they stopped bringing in the JUCO players, so now me and Khairi are the only players that are going up there as d-tackles for 2014," Moten said.

Still, the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) standout is keeping other programs in the back of his mind.

"It's solid, but some college are talking to me a lot, that's about it," he said.

"Definitely Florida State and Miami (are coming after me). If I every decommitted, it would be one of those schools that I looked at for sure."

Moten isn't too far from the University of Miami campus and he recently visited for a camp.

"I went down there a couple weeks ago with (St. Thomas running back) Mardre London, he participated in the camp. I didn't do that, I just put a jersey on and walked around with all of the coaches," he said.

"It's close to home, all of my family could come see me at every game."

"Every day, Coach Golden talks to me every day, Coach Franklin, Coach D'Onofrio, they call me every day."

The Seminoles have also been turning up the heat on Moten, though not as much as the Hurricanes have.

"(I don't talk to them) every day, but we have a strong relationship with each other," he said.

Alabama used to be more in the picture, but communication between the two has somewhat fizzled.

"Me and Coach Cristobal, we talk, but I lost talking to them for a long period of time, I don't know why, but I might bring that up again," Moten said.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman is out in Oregon competing at The Opening. Next, he's certain he'll visit Florida this month.

"Definitely, July 26th for Friday Night Lights, I will be there." "Me and Coach Lawing, we've been creating a relationship now and we always talk with one another," he said.

Plenty of recruiting goes on at the The Opening as prospects from all over the country are in one place hanging out and competing together. Moten said his top two targets for the Gators are defensive backs Chris Lammons and Quincy Wilson, but he's not sure it's working. He's also excited to bring all he learns in Oregon back to Florida with him.

"A lot of teaching, go back to my school as a great d-lineman and bring us to another state championship," Moten said.

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