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Florida flips Florida State DE commit

Florida's start to national signing day didn't really go as planned for the coaches, but the Gators received some good news after a few commitments didn't go their way.

The Gators' staff grabbed its ninth ESPNU 150 member when four-star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) flipped from Florida State to Florida.

Fowler helps add some depth to Florida's defensive line and could line up at the Buck position that Ronald Powell plays.

“It was real difficult,” Fowler told Derek Tyson of ESPN's GatorNation. “Being committed for a year and growing up a Florida State fan all my life -- I always hated Florida, and I always told myself I would never go to Florida and now I’m about to be playing for them. It’s kind of crazy.”

Florida also got a bit of a surprise when three-star wide receiver Raphael Andrades (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) signed Wednesday morning.

It seemed as though Andrades was down to four programs -- Arkansas, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt -- but received a late offer from Florida. However, Andrades' interest in Florida isn't anything new. He actually considered walking on at Florida if he didn't receive an offer.

Florida is still hoping to add No. 3 Stefon Diggs (Olney, Mary./Our Lady of Good Counsel), who will decide on Feb. 10.