Joshua Outlaw: ML King OL commits to Florida over Clemson, UGA and Tennessee

Florida-bound OL Joshua Outlaw of ML King (AJC/Bob Andres)

Florida-bound OL Joshua Outlaw of ML King (AJC/Bob Andres)

Posted at 4:22 p.m. Saturday

One of Georgia’s top offensive linemen committed to Florida on Saturday.

Joshua Outlaw, a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder from M.L. King High School, picked Florida over Clemson, while also heavily considering UGA, Tennessee and Miami.

“I felt comfortable at Florida, and it was home away from home,” Outlaw told the AJC. “It’s not too far and it’s not too long of a drive, I felt comfortable with the coaching staff, and I like my chances of early  playing time.”

Outlaw told Florida coach Will Muschamp the news during his visit with the Gators on Saturday. “Coach Muschamp said it made his day. I am his first out-of-state commitment for this year, and he said he’s really excited about me playing there.”

Although UGA waited later than many other schools to offer Outlaw, there were rumors that Outlaw had considered committing to the Bulldogs. What about UGA? “I definitely felt more comfortable with the Florida coaching staff,” Outlaw said. “Georgia got on me later in the recruiting process when I was already heavy on Florida. Georgia has a great program but I just decided that Florida was the best decision for me for early playing time, being comfortable and having my major of Mass Communications.

“All in all, I felt like Florida was the perfect fit for me.”

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135 comments Add your comment

VoxDawg

April 7th, 2012
4:28 pm

Disappointing news. Wanted him to be a Dash.

VoxDawg

April 7th, 2012
4:30 pm

Well, *I* wanted him to be a Dawg. My tablet wanted him to be a Dash, apparently.

A Father

April 7th, 2012
4:39 pm

Dont care. If you dont want to play for Georgia than so be it and good luck to you in the future. Congratulations go to DD at Tenn and wish him the best except once a year. Given the 3 to 5 year period it will take to bring Tenn back to total relevance regardless of coach, DD can get it done.

D Dawg

April 7th, 2012
4:47 pm

UGA offered this kid way too late. I’d love to make excuses for Coach Richt but the bottom line is that we knew about him all along. Our coaches were at the school recruiting Blake Tibbs and Whitehead. It doesn’t make sense. The only thing I can think is that Richt likes some other offensive linemen better. If that’s the case, then fine. Other than that, it makes no sense. Best Wishes to Joshua.

Beast from the East

April 7th, 2012
5:01 pm

Gators picked up 3 commits today. Along with Mr. Outlaw, WR Ahmad Fullwood and CB Tre Ball from New Jersey. That makes 14 verbals so far.
Go Gators!

WnE

April 7th, 2012
5:05 pm

I know he wants to major in Mass Comm. but GT has to try an do a better job with the BCS -level Recruits from the Metro Atlanta Area.

There are tons of former Jackets with broadcasting careers, Nomar, Barry, John Salley, Ryan Stewart to not be able to at least have a shot a more Recruits like this.

I wonder would his college major be an important issue if GT had a Pro-Style Offense and a more high profile FB program?

NGD

April 7th, 2012
5:09 pm

Dont discount the Dawgs picking up more commits between now and MondayPlenty of visitors in Athens this weekend.

Ima Dumb Jock

April 7th, 2012
5:10 pm

An Outlaw should fit in with a lunatic, screaming moron like outlaw Muskchomp.

Uga Fan Forever

April 7th, 2012
5:11 pm

Beast From The East, fyi Florida did NOT get commits from Ahmad Fulwood nor Tre Bell. So stop trying to get attention.

Courtney

April 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

UGA is getting recruits with academics. UF is getting kids from DeKalb. A HS degree from DeKalb is about a 5th grade level in Gwinnett.

Beast from the East

April 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

Uga Fan Forever,
According to the Gainesville Sun recruiting writer (Zach Alboverdi) who is in Gainesville covering the Orange and Blue Game, both of those players committed to UF today. But I’m sure both would run it by you first, right? Do you really think you know more about UF recruiting news than he does? Who’s trying to get attention, while they have no idea WTF they are talking about?

Gt/ UF footballfan

April 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

No beast from the east is right we did get ahmad fulwood also!:)

Dawg Haus

April 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

Good luck down there, 364 days a year. Go Dawgs!

Tampa Gator

April 7th, 2012
5:21 pm

@Beast…..

Muschamp is on his way to perhaps having the #1 class in the country in 2013. There were 60 recruits at the game today. Fullwood is a huge get considering just a few weeks ago his mom said Florida had very little chance in signing him. The situation reminds me of the kid who went to Bama over LSU (the mom’s team) in the 2012 Bama class.

The corner is very good and I am a little surprised because Florida is so deep at CB….and the #1 corner in the country is probably headed to the Gators as well.

@Durrtydogg…..

I guess that is why Rivals has Outlaw rated the 12th best OG in the country…..he must be faking everyone out. Truth: He is a very good OL. Needs to gain some lbs. if he is going to play OG in the SEC, however. He will.

…back @ Beast….

Humphries and Dunkler played very well as true freshmen in the spring game today. Gillissee look sharpe at RB. The kid who switched from OLB to RB….Johnson….looks like a future star at RB. Great moves and vision. Great burst as well. Brown finally looks like a player at RB as well. And Omaris Hines is going to be tought to handle running and coming out of the backfield catching passes. He can be in the huddle as the RB and come out of the huddle and line up at RB, WR, slot receiver….or even a 3rd TE. Big match up issues with him in the game. Driskell and Brissett looked far more polished and comfortable running the offense. The OL looked much bigger and stronger….and much deeper. The D…..when the fist and second units were in the fame….looked very fast and very, very talented. And several of the D starters did not even play in the game. I did notice that Powell went down with an injury early. Things are definitely looking way up down in the Gainesville.

Beast from the East

April 7th, 2012
5:21 pm

First 11 posts we already have 2 Dawgs taking shots at this young man. Classy bunch of droolers follwing the UGA program. No wonder he chose UF over UGA.

A Father

April 7th, 2012
5:24 pm

Tre Bel may have commited to Florida, confirmation has not occured. No word about fulwood

Tampa Gator

April 7th, 2012
5:26 pm

The recruiting sites all have Outlaw, Bell, and Fullwood making verbals to Florida. I expected Bell and Outlaw today…..but…Fullwood…..what a huge, huge get for the future offense. He must have liked the way Driskell and Brissett threw the ball short and deep today. Florida’s offense is going to be very different….and better….in 2013. Both those guys have pro arms….and just need to get the offense completely down and get some experience. Love it. Go Gators.

Tampa Gator

April 7th, 2012
5:28 pm

A father….

Better go check again. Verbals for a three…..made. They are going to be Gators….along with a bunch more big time names this year. You may hate Muschamp….but he can flat out recruit….and he has a great coaching staff assemble down in Gainesville.

Coach MediocRe

April 7th, 2012
5:32 pm

Please let me win one game in your four years at Florida.

WnE

April 7th, 2012
5:35 pm

re:
Courtney
April 7th, 2012
5:17 pm
UGA is getting recruits with academics. UF is getting kids from DeKalb. A HS degree from DeKalb is about a 5th grade level in Gwinnett.
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Sorry Courtney, but UGA signed Blake Tibbs from DeKalb County last yr. from the same HS as Outlaw.

BCS level schools will take the talent wherever they can find it; DeKalb or anywhere else is not important.

A Father

April 7th, 2012
5:39 pm

tampa gator you are right, Fulwood is a surprise to everyone. Without a doubt Florida has two of the best arms in the SEC and he must have really loved what he saw. This is a huge get for the GAYTURDS. Nothing takes the place of tall recievers in the SEC.

It is so important to have a tall QB with a strong arm.

GatorNation19

April 7th, 2012
5:44 pm

Here you go A Father: https://twitter.com/#!/InsideTheGators
Tampa, Juice was a All-state selection but made more plays at DB so that’s what UF offered him as. 1000+ yard his last 2 years and 4.5 220′ so he’ll be a solid back this season. Love picking up Outlaw and maybe one more OL coming today..Cameron Dillard or Tyrone Crowder both BIG nasty OL.. Add them to Tunsil and we’re in business again. Love what I saw out of Pease’s offense today.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:04 pm

Congragulations mr.Outlaw, hope you have a long career and a good education.

GtDawg

April 7th, 2012
6:06 pm

Plenty of other Linemen remaining

nh gamecock

April 7th, 2012
6:08 pm

guess if you dont stay home an attend uga you are a looser? wow that sucks for grown adults to treat kids this way. people wish the guy good luck. you have over 300 d 1 players so stop bashing the guys that go out of state to play football.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:16 pm

Florida fans used to be a lot like Alabama fans are now, but they came back down to earth. Going from winning all the time to losing, has a way of helping you back to the real world. Alabama fans tend to forget the last time they lost rather easily. I’m glad Fla. is getting a good recruiting class. I hope 5heir fans don’t start getting cocky again…

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:19 pm

Hey cock
You might want to read my 6:04 post before you ran your beak at 6:08…

Pago Pago DAWG

April 7th, 2012
6:22 pm

Word on the steet….UGA was backing off this kid and he knew it.

Tampa Gator

April 7th, 2012
6:23 pm

kingdaddy…..

Not winning a National Title since 1980……is “coming back to earth.” Not winning one since 2008 (after winning one in 2006 and 1996)….is called “minor slump.” And Bama fans have earned to right to be “cocky.”

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:25 pm

Cock, I do agree with you though. There’s plenty of players to go around. Can’t get them all, don’t want them all…

Uga Fan Forever

April 7th, 2012
6:27 pm

Why are all these florida fans on a georgia recruiting blog??

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:34 pm

T.G., If you call being an arrogant fool OK, thats your opinion. I guess you’re a little sensitive from falling hard back to earth. At this point in time, you are losers and I don’t blame you for striking out at anyone that reminds you of your recent desent in stature. Lol, don’t be so tender, try some Midol…

Dawg Haus

April 7th, 2012
6:36 pm

I don’t get the Georgia fans trashing this kid, either. If he didn’t want to come to UGA, we don’t need him. All you should do is wish him luck (364 days out of the year) and focus on the other fish in the sea. There is a ton of top OL talent on CMR’s watch list and Georgia figures to do well with a fair amount of them.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:47 pm

Gator, I’m trying to be nice and compliment your new recruit and you want to start slinging doo, what’s up with that? Right now we su*k less than you do. You’re living in the past. Try to get back to reality. Reality is, your team was really bad last year, but you can live in 2008 if it makes you feel better…

Warhorse

April 7th, 2012
6:50 pm

Completely classless for UGA fans to trash a local guy who commits to UF. But that is par for the course with classless poodle fans. UGA will do fine, but so will this top-rated OL prospect. Lot of room for success by many in football. Only the losers at a computer do not understand that basic fact; probably their mother or the nurse should take away computer privileges.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
6:52 pm

Whats up Haus? You said someone was posting in my name yesterday, they got bitter riled and then he got me riled. My reputation proceeds me where ever I go. Lol…

nh gamecock

April 7th, 2012
6:56 pm

king son ha

you one out a million uga fans so you comment doesnt matter pup.

kingdaddy

April 7th, 2012
7:01 pm

Most of the comments I see on here are positive toward the kid. You posters saying Ga. fans have no class, don’t read the whole blog. You only see the bad or just what you want to see. Go on the last blog about UGA recruits and reread the stuff the classy other schools said about our recruits. Hypocrite…

nh gamecock

April 7th, 2012
7:01 pm

warhorse I agree with you there its terrible for adults to treat kids this way.

nh gamecock

April 7th, 2012
7:04 pm

king son i am not mad ha.

im just stating facts, when someone doesnt commit to uga you guys get bent out of shape. come on people ga high school is the king of the south with having d 1 players so thats why every college is in the state of ga looking at players, SC do they share of getting some great hs players out of GA,

Fan

April 7th, 2012
7:05 pm

@ nh gamecock
Wow, what a hypocrite. Yesterday you were “bashing” Aulden Bynum, a UGA commit. Now you’re rebuking people for their comments on Josh Outlaw? How about you “grow up” yourself and go troll your own team’s message boards.

Anyway, congrats to Josh. Good luck to him down at UF 364 days of the year.
I’m not too worried about losing him, though. There are so many D1 prospects in GA that UGA can’t get them all. He appears to be an OT/OG hybrid that will end up playing guard in college. The Dawgs don’t really need anymore guards at this time. What they really need are pure OT prospects. I hope they get Tunsil – he and Theus booking the ends would be awesome. Devine and Garcia are my next choices, but wouldn’t mind landing Seymour, Crooks, or Brown either.

nh gamecock

April 7th, 2012
7:06 pm

for instance aj green, prince miller, tim jennings all from sc and they ended up at uga, We just need to do a better job of keeping our players instate to play ball. its all good.

Gorilla Biscuit

April 7th, 2012
7:07 pm

Good Luck Kid. I hope you have a great career. Hope you suffer 4 or 5 Gorilla Stompings in Jacksonville. Florida sucks.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 7th, 2012
7:13 pm

Florida will win the East and the good ole days of Bama and the Gators return to the SECCG! Laugh at Will UGA fans but Will and the Gators will be laughing last!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

April 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Yeah right…you might stomp auburn but that’s about it. The only reason you beat Florida last year was due to Alabama crippled their team and stole their manhood. Then again run that mouth for that is what you realy do well.

Frank Lane

April 7th, 2012
7:48 pm

MLK is not in DeKalb is it? I thought it was on what used to be Sewell Road in Cascade Heights which would be Fulton.

Frank Lane

April 7th, 2012
7:51 pm

correction. MLK is in DeKalb. What is high school in Cascade Heights.

Tampa Gator

April 7th, 2012
7:51 pm

UGFanForever….

Because it is a “College Recruiting” blog….and the story is about a very highly rated OG recruit from Georgia committing to the Florida Gators. Any more questions?

Kingdaddy….

I was just commenting on your comment that somehow Florida fans have “come back to earth”……Gator Nation still sits where it always has since the early 1990s……cheering on a top flight, championship program. And Muschamp is getting us ready to go to Atlanta and the BCS again very soon…..maybe even this year. We will see. Nothing “down to earth” about those expectations….and Muschamp and Foley know it.

BullDawg

April 7th, 2012
7:52 pm

Wet Willie, What a joke! Florida is still on it
s way down, hope you enjoy the ride!

BOBBY PETRINO

April 7th, 2012
7:53 pm

COURTNEY……………STFU & GO FETCH ME SANDWICH!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPIG!!!