Gators pick up Watch List DT Moten

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After only recently naming a top 10 schools, ESPN Watch list defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) decided to go ahead and make a verbal commitment on Tuesday night.

Moten chose the Florida over offers from Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and many others.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound interior defensive lineman announced his decision on Twitter and later confirmed it with GatorNation via text message.

Moten becomes the first defensive tackle commitment for Florida. Seven of Florida's eight verbal commitments appear on the Watch List.

If Moten stays true to his pledge, he will join other St. Thomas Aquinas graduates Cody Riggs, Bryan Cox Jr. and Marcus Roberson on Florida's roster.

One ESPN scout said Moten could develop in to a very good college defensive lineman: "A player who could potentially project as a 3-4 end or a 4-3 D-tackle, Moten has good size, natural tools and can be a productive player, but also shows room for further improvement. A good D-line prospect who it seems could still get more out of his game and if he does, he could grow into a very good BCS-level D-lineman."