The Florida Gators earned a commitment from De La Salle (Louisiana) offensive tackle Caden Jones on Saturday during the All-American Bowl broadcast.
Jones had reportedly locked in his decision ahead of time, but he made things official to the public during a planned announcement stating that he could “see the vision Coach Napier has for the future.” He is the fourth offensive line commit/signee in the 2023 class, joining Roderick Kearney, Knijeah Harris and Bryce Lovett. Greyshirt freshman Tony Livingston is joining the team as an offensive tackle too, so he should be Jones’ primary competition.
Of course, Florida is in dire need of offensive line depth. The team is returning just one starter, center Kingsley Eguakun, and Austin Barber has some starting experience at either tackle spot. Aside from any transfer portal additions, Florida will rely on first-time starters at the other three spots. Richie Leonard is a candidate to earn time at either guard spot, and Kamryn Waites played in the bowl game.
Jones won’t be the starting left tackle when September comes around, but he could be in a solid reserve spot after developing a bit over the summer.
The 247Sports composite gives him a three-star grade and ranks Jones No. 293 overall in the class of 2023 and No. 36 among offensive linemen. On3 is a bit more bullish on him, giving Jones the four-star nod and ranking him at No. 27 among those at his position.
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