Florida Gators Lineman Commits to Tennessee

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    The Tennessee Volunteers are once again feeding off of the Florida dysfunction in Gainesville.

    On Friday evening, former Florida offensive lineman Gerald Mincey committed to Tennessee with a post on social media. Mincey, a recruit from the class of 2020, has been in the portal since Nov. 29.

    1000% COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE,” Mincey said in his social media post. #GBO #Vols #PowerT

    Mincey, a former three-star recruit, is a redshirt freshman. If Mincey does end up signing with Tennessee, he will have plenty of time to spend in Knoxville.

    The former Gator stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 350-pounds.

    Mainly used as a backup offensive lineman over the course of his first year in Gainesville, Mincey is “considered one of the more promising younger prospects on the O-line,” according to 247 Sports’ Thomas Goldkamp. Mincey has 10 in-game appearances throughout his career with Florida.

    Florida’s player situation has been a mess since the season ended as six Gator players have entered the transfer portal. Among these names is also Jacob Copeland, Florida’s leading receiver in 2021. Copeland had a fascinating recruitment a few years ago with Tennessee playing heavily into the mix.

    Currently, Mincey’s commitment is not on the 247 Sports’ commitment list for Tennessee. However, once that does become official, it will only help Tennessee’s surging recruiting rankings. After the commitment of four-star wide receiver Kaleb Webb, the Vols class has shot up to sixteenth nationally and seventh in the SEC. Although, there are still a few more recruits that Tennessee is looking to land. Additionally, like Mincey, the Vols are looking to continue to hit the transfer portal.

    The transfer portal was one of the Vols’ most effective resources leading into Josh Heupel’s inaugural season at Tennessee. Bringing in talent like Hendon Hooker, JaVonta Payton, and Caleb Tremblay helped define the Vols’ success in year one. Now, Tennessee is looking to continue drinking from that same well in order to bring in some experienced players. While former Florida offensive lineman Gerald Mincey does not have an abundance of in-game experience, his knowledge of the college football landscape will help bring him up to speed quicker than high school recruits.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.