Football recruiting: Boca Raton’s Dante Lang recounts Florida commitment as Gators go on recruiting spree

Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain urged Boca Raton’s Dante Lang to take his time in thinking about his football future. Boca Raton’s Dante Lang committed to the Florida Gators on Friday. (photo provided) Lang didn’t need time. He made up his mind. He was ready to become a Florida Gator.

“I told him I wanted to commit,” Lang said. “And then he was like … “Are you sure? You don’t want to rush anything.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m 100 percent positive.’

“When I said that, coach (Greg) Nord ran and jumped on me.”

Lang arrived in Gainesville Thursday morning, along with Boca Raton 2020 quarterback Michael Pratt, to meet with coaches and watch the team’s Sensational Sophomore Night.

On Friday, Lang met with Nord, the tight ends coach, at the Gators’ football office and watched game film, and Lang asked for a meeting with McElwain.

“It’s like one big family,” Lang said. “Everybody knows everybody. It’s not a big town. It’s like a small town where everybody knows each other.”

After committing Friday afternoon, Lang played in Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp. Several other Palm Beach County players, including American Heritage 2019 wide receiver John Dunmore — a Gators commit — and Wellington 2019 athlete Mark-Antony Richards.

“It was just good, learning from coach Nord,” Lang said. “Getting to know how he coached, his coaching habits and stuff so I know what to expect when I get up there.”

The three-star prospect has primarily played defensive end in high school, playing only two games at tight end. But his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame plays well at tight end, and he played the position in the Bobcats’ spring game and in 7-on-7 tournaments. College teams, including Florida, took note.

Already a dominant defensive end — he notched 70 tackles and 20 sacks last year — Lang said he plans to split his time evenly between the two positions this year.

Lang was one of the first to pull the trigger for Florida in what turned out to be a massive recruiting week for the Gators. In the past week, Florida has received commitments from major 2018 players, including stars three-star safety Randy Russell, four-star wide receiver JaMarr Chase, four-star offensive guard Curtis Dunlap, four-star tight end Kyle Pitts and the prospective gem of the class, five-star quarterback Matt Corral.

“My years, Lang said, “we should be real good.”

With those commitments and a few others, the Gators have risen from No. 62 to No. 13 in 247Sports’ rankings in the past week.Dunmore still has two more years left in high school, and his cousin, Cameron Williams out of Hollywood-Chaminade Madonna, joined him in the class.“Florida was his dream school,” Dunmore said.Corral, should he and the Palm Beach County players who are committed to UF, would be Lang and Dunmore’s future quarterback. Lang said he had not had the chance to meet him, but Dunmore has.“When he committed, I was just happy that I’ll have a quarterback who can get me the ball,” Dunmore said. “I’m going to be a deep […]