Four-star TE Darel Middleton lists the Florida Gators as his new leader

Four-star tight end Darel Middleton listed the Florida Gators as his favorite this evening. He can verbally commit to the school from now until National Signing Day in February.

This news comes after the Gators picked up their 22nd commitment last night in the 2016 recruiting class. Middleton de-committed from the Arizona State Sun Devils in September.

Besides the Gators, he’s also considering the Tennessee Volunteers, Louisville Cardinals, and the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers.

Middleton is regarded as the 13th best tight end and the ninth-best prospect out of the State of Tennessee.

The Gators are 8-1 this season and take on the South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend. Jim McElwain is in his first season as the team’s head coach.

If Middleton elects to stay with the Gators at the time of National Signing Day, he’ll be a big pick up for head coach McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s offense. Currently the team has many tight ends on the roster, including Bair Diamond (Redshirt-Junior), Ryan Ferguson (Redshirt-Freshman), DeAndre Goolsby (Sophomore), Camrin Knight (Freshman), C’yontal Lewis (Redshirt-Freshman), Jake McGee (Redshirt-Senior), and Moral Stephens (Redshirt-Freshman).

McGee is the top tight end on the team with 26 receptions for 223 yards and three touchdowns. McGee came to the Gators last season from the Virginia Cavaliers.

Since we’re months away from February, Middleton can always flip his commitment, like he’s previously done. But it seems like that he’s really interested in being a Gator for the next four-years.

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