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Florida lands under-the-radar tight end

The Gators receive a pledge from Lewis. Dave Miller

Print This May 24, 2013, 09:25 AM EST

Alabama native Cyontai Lewis gave a verbal pledge to Florida on Thursday night, giving the Gators a tight end considered to have a high ceiling by many recruiting analysts.

The 6-4, 230-pound Class of 2014 product from Northridge High School (Tuscaloosa, AL) is from the Crimson Tide's backyard, so it's a nice "get" for Will Muschamp and his staff.

Lewis was severely underrecruited, as he entered the week without any offers until Wednesday, when Mississippi State extended a scholarship offer, according to ESPN.com's GatorNation blog. The next day, the Gators offered and Lewis accepted.

Lewis made 20 catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns as a junior in high school, where he is teammates with Alabama pledge Bo Scarbrough, who is one of the best running backs in the country.

Because he has good size and athleticism, Lewis can play both on the line of scrimmage and in the slot. So his ability to create mismatches against slower linebackers and smaller cornerbacks will be a welcome addition to Florida, which now has eight commitments in the 2014 class.

Earlier in the week, South Carolina linebacker Christian Miller and in-state receiver Ryeshene Bronson both decommitted from the Gators, so the addition of Lewis is certainly welcome news.

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