Florida picks up commit No. 13 in OL Hounshell

By Adam Silverstein
August 11, 2010

Scout.com is reporting that three-star offensive lineman Chase Hounshell (Kirtland, OH) has given a verbal commitment to the Florida Gators.

Hounshell, who did not pick up a Florida offer until the beginning of August, had long been rumored to be heading to Boston College due to a budding relationship with the school’s coaching staff.

A standout who can play both sides of the ball, he committed to offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Steve Addazio on Wednesday.

At 6’6″ and over 260 lbs., Hounshell is the Gators’ 13th commitment for 2011 but only the team’s third offensive lineman. Florida is expected to lose four starters to graduation this season.

OGGOA will update this story as more information is made available.

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  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Alright! Number 13! Welcome aboard Hounshell!

    You can never have enough good offensive linemen!

  2. John Shanks says:

    Very good news, scoring a new QB and an O-line in the same year = success. We let a lot of good in state talent get away.

  3. Gio Showtime says:

    i dont like the O-line talent we’re picking up at all. What happened to the studs?!?!

  4. g8ter27 says:

    i agree with Gio, isn’t it a bit early to be taking commitments from guys rated 3 stars this early in the process?

  5. Players are recruited and signed based on how the coaches project they will play in college and on a particular team – not how recruiting services rate them. What could be a three-star prospect to Scout or Rivals could be the No. 5 offensive lineman out there for Steve Addazio, for example.

    Do not judge a signing based on how many stars they have…especially when you are talking about offensive linemen. Five-star recruits turn out to be busts and three-stars turn out to be top ten draft picks. There is no true formula to projecting talent – just guessing.

  6. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Nicely said Adam. Nicely said.

  7. John Shanks says:

    Call me a homer, but if we offered this early he’s a very good player.

  8. tenn todd says:

    I agree. Urban and the staff know what htey are doing. Two rings to prove it.

  9. gator347 says:

    Maybe I’m wrong but I thought the Pouncy twins came in at 3 stars.

    I think 6’6″ 260 has a lot to do with our interest- much room for growth.

    Adam is so right on his assesment

  10. SC Gator says:

    Like gator347 alluded to, it’s also good to remember that OL’s, more then maybe any other position on the team, are often projects to be developed. It may be that the coaches see more potential in Hounshell, especially with a 6’6”/260 frame, then actual tallent he may or may not be showing on the field at this point.

  11. Daniel M. says:

    I find this whole “He’s only a THREE STAR?” conversation amusing. A recruit with three stars is rated above many many thousands of his peers. We as Gator fans have become very spoiled recently in the wake of these stellar recruiting classes. Relax Gator fans. The coaches offered Hounshell because they believe he will be a very good football player. Do we have any reason to question that? By the time NSD rolls around the kid could be a FOUR STAR ! Would that make the worried crowd happy?

    I have high expectations that Florida will be very good in 2010 and play in Atlanta. Realistic and achievable. But 2011 is another story. Another crystal ball or bust. Also realistic and achievable.

  12. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Maybe this explains Wilder’s annoucement next week to F$U…maybe we pulled his scholly to give it to this kid!!!!

  13. SC Gator says:

    Or maybe Wilder is just drinking G & G kool-aid like so many before him. And odds are that like so many before him, in the past 10 years at least, we probably won’t hear much of him after that point.

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