How 5-Star DT Lamont Gaillard Eliminating Florida as Leader Impacts Georgia

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 19, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

5-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard has reportedly eliminated the Florida Gators (formerly his leader) in the running for his commitment, and while that's bad news for Will Muschamp and his program, it's great news for Georgia.

Gaillard is a stellar defensive tackle recruit ranked No. 10 at the position according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. ESPN ranks Gaillard as a 5-star defensive tackle.

He has tremendous size at 6'3'', 310 pounds and he runs a 5.59 40 according to 247Sports. 

The big defensive tackle has taken Florida out of the running, according to Derek Tyson of

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound athlete confirmed his decision via text message. He said Florida decided not to offer a scholarship to his teammate, defensive end Harold Landry, which played a role in his decision. 

"Yes sir, Florida is out," he wrote. "They're mad because me and my teammate got offered by Miami." 


Here's the bit of good news for Bulldogs fans, per Tyson's report:

The No. 2-ranked defensive tackle in the country said he now has a new leader. 

"As of now, Georgia is my new leader." 


You know how "they" say that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good? This is certainly one of those instances for the Bulldogs.

In this case, Florida's misfortune turns out to be Georgia's good luck.

The main problem for Gaillard seemed to be that the Gators wouldn't extend an offer to his friend Harold Landry, who's a 3-star defensive end recruit and one of Gaillard's teammates at Pine Forest High School. It's interesting to note, though, that Landry is actually already committed to Boston College, and it's a recent commitment at that. He committed on April 5th of this year.

Both Landry and Gaillard received offers from Miami yesterday, so the timing of this whole fiasco does make sense, as does Gaillard's take on why he's dropping the Gators.

Gaillard is a big defensive tackle recruit who could be a major factor in Georgia's defense as a 3-4 nose tackle, and the Bulldogs are now reportedly the leader for his commitment. Would they be smart to extend an offer to Landry in an effort to avoid a similar fate as Florida's? Or will Georgia be comfortable enough to stand pat and see how things shake out with the defensive tackle?

Those questions remain unanswered for now, and it could come down to how much Mark Richt and staff value the massive defensive lineman.

I for one would say that offering Landry is well worth it, but I'm not the one making those decision for the Bulldogs (and I'm sure some of you just uttered the word "thankfully").

Either way, this could be a window of opportunity for Georgia, so Gaillard is a recruit worth keeping your eye on if you're a fan of Georgia recruiting.

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