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Fully committed already, Dexter does his thing over the weekend

October 7, 2019
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It’s hard to miss Lake Wales (Fla.) four-star defensive tackle Gervon Dexter‍ amid the sea of prospects who visited Florida on Saturday for the Gators’ 24-13 upset over then No. 7 Auburn. 

Not only is the 6-foot-7, 290-pounder easy to spot because of his size, but his personality and the work he does recruiting for Florida during these recruiting weekends helps to shine an even brighter spotlight on him. 

“Out of all the games I’ve been to, this is probably the best one,” Dexter said. 

It has been the defense’s ability to stuff runs and provide consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks that has Dexter enamored with Todd Grantham’s system. 

“I just love how they’re sending everybody,” Dexter said. “One thing I love about playing football is getting pressure on the quarterback. I like how they’re sending defensive pressure from everywhere. I like how the ends are rushing, tackles are getting to the quarterback, and the linebackers are getting to the ball.”

In speaking with defensive line coach David Turner, Dexter is aware that he will be filling a need at the position next fall. 

“It’s a big step — way different than high school,” Dexter said. “He’s telling us we need to step up and put some more work and get ready next year and get some early play times [sic].” 

He envisions himself playing multiple positions along the line next season, a thought that excites the young recruit. 

Dexter, who is the No. 47 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite, understands his invaluable role as a committed prospect in urging uncommitted prospects to bring their talents to the Swamp. 

It’s an area he has not ignored. 

“I just tell them there’s no need to leave Florida to play football,” Dexter said. “I think Jahquez [Robinson] going out of town to go to Alabama. I think we can do the same thing [Alabama does] in Florida.”

Dexter has similarly been impressed with other four-star recruits’ visits to the Swamp; even if they have pledged their allegiance to another school. Tim Smith‍ is one such prospect in particular that the defensive tackle enjoyed seeing this weekend. 

“I mean, just for him to be committed and still coming to Florida games just shows a lot,” Dexter said. 

Though he maintains unwavering loyalty to his decision, he has had ample opportunities to watch the team develop this season. 

“I think Florida is right where it needs to be,” Dexter said. 

“It’s been easy,” Dexter said about fulfilling his intended pledge to sign with Mullen’s team. “I’m showing people what a real commitment is. Not taking [other] official visits, not taking business nowhere, not having communication with other coaches.”

Certainly, Mullen’s ability to build relationships with both players and coaches helps keep Dexter at ease. 

In the meantime, Dexter intends to visit Gainesville for at least one more game this fall, most likely against Florida State on Nov. 30. 

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