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Georgia Bulldogs: Florida Gators Battling for 5-Star Lamont Gaillard

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Florida had their spring game today and one of the visitors for the glorified scrimmage was five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, NC. Pine Forest) who is deciding between the Gators and Georgia where he hopes to visit in the next couple weeks.

According to 246Sports.com, he 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle is the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 12 overall. Gaillard amassed 76 tackles, seven for loss and four sacks as a junior last season.

According to GatorBait.net’s Luke Stampini, the only thing keeping him from committing to the Gators this weekend is he has yet to visit the Bulldogs.

“It was good. I love it. Florida, I might actually get a chance to come here,” he said. “I just want to visit one more school, that’s Georgia. Then I’ll decide on that.”

Gaillard has been one of the fastest rising prospects in the class of 2014 and his disruptive play along the interior of the defensive line has made him a coveted man in the SEC. Auburn and Alabama are also in the picture for the massive defensive tackle, but it looks like a two-team race between the Gators and Bulldogs.

The rivalry between the two SEC east schools is one of the best in the country and the recruitment of Gaillard is only going to spice things up between the two powerhouse programs.

Georgia offered him first when they extended a scholarship to him on Feb. 27, which was 12 days before the Gators followed with their offer. Five days after the offer from defensive line coach Brad Lawing, he was in Gainesville for an unofficial visit.

He has already been to Gainesville twice while that trip to Athens has been on the back-burner. That leads me to believe that Florida has a substantial lead on Georgia and Gaillard is making the smart decision to check out all his options before committing.

After he schedules his visit to Georgia, I would expect him to make a verbal commitment to one of the two in the days that follow.

My best bet is the Dawgs pull the upset and Gaillard winds up in Athens next year.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your Google network.