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2019 ATH Tyrique Stevenson Teams up With Childhood Favorite Florida

A lifelong supporter of the Florida Gators, 2019 athlete Tyrique Stevenson decided to take it a step further on Friday morning by committing to coach Jim McElwain's program.

Coach Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators scored their fourth commitment for the 2019 class on Friday, with Tyrique Stevenson being the latest prospect to come off the recruiting market.

Stevenson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete hailing out of Homestead (Fla.) South Dade, is a lifelong Gators fan who possesses an additional scholarship offer from the UCF Knights.

Joining Frank Ladson Jr., Stevenson is the second 2019 prospect at South Dade to commit to the Gators in as many weeks.

"I just really love the school and football program," Stevenson said. "(The decision) was easy because it's my dream school.

"I came to watch the practice, and I really liked the practice. The coaches are very nice."

Defensive backs coach Corey Bell, a well-established recruiter, especially down in talent-rich South Florida, is the one who put on the finishing touches by sealing the deal Friday morning.

"He's been watching me ever since last year, my first year ever playing," Stevenson said. "He's just a really great coach."

Stevenson, who is being recruited to play safety for the Gators, has no visits planned at this time.

This is a bouncy, well-rounded defensive back who does a nice job of extending out for the football. He also shows good discipline by not being baited in with double moves, but also impresses with his ability to swing his head around to always make himself available to the ball. He knows his assignments and does them well.

Stevenson, a four-star candidate once Scout dishes out the latest 2019 rankings, is also a pad-popping defensive back who drives through his opponent with force. Once dissecting the play, Stevenson bursts out of his stance and really accelerates downhill in a hurry.

Stevenson recorded roughly 20 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups during his sophomore campaign.

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