By Dieter Kurtenbach
5:44 PM EDT, June 22, 2013
Chaminade-Madonna defensive lineman Khairi Clark has committed to the Florida Gators.
The six-foot-two, 320-pound defensive tackle committed to Will Muschamp's program in a tweet Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. The No. 4 player in the Sun Sentinel Broward County rankings will join No. 6 Anthony Moten on the Gators defensive line if the commitments hold.
Clark told the Sun Sentinel in a text message that he fell in love with the program and the school after a visit in February.
The pairing of Clark and Moten was a dream scenario the for University of Miami, who recruited both players hard —but its the future reality of Florida.
Clark said that the South Florida DT pair excites him too. Moten committed to Florida in April.
Clark is a prototypical line-clogger, the kind South Florida has not produced in many years. A four-star rated player by the major scouting services, Clark was inundated with offers. Miami, Florida, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin offered, and he was close to offers from Alabama and Ohio State.
To say that Clark's commitment to Florida is a big deal is an understatement.
The Gators have taken to the two best defensive linemen in South Florida from the Class of 2014 and kneecapped the Hurricanes, which had both players high on their recruiting board.
Clark said that Florida's membership in the Southeastern Conference played a big role in his commitment.
"The SEC is a better division of football."
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