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EDGE Andrew Savaiinaea wastes little time committing to the Florida Gators

Corey Bender01/24/22
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Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier interacting with fans at a basketball game. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Washington-based defender Andrew Savaiinaea will be strapping up the pads in the SEC.

Moments ago, the EDGE defender committed to the Florida Gators shortly after wrapping up his official visit in Gainesville. He received the offer while in town meeting with Billy Napier’s staff and immediately told Gators Online that UF was the new leader in his recruitment.

In addition to UF, the 6-foot-4, 273-pound Savaiinaea possesses offers from a flurry of Pac-12 programs. Included on that list are Oregon, UCLA, California, Washington State and Oregon State.

Although he was a late addition to GO’s official visitors list, Savaiinaea has been on the Gators’ radar since last month.

Co-defensive coordinator Patrick Toney made contact shortly before the New Year, asking the West Coast native to send additional film in hopes of eventually securing a visit date. From there, Savaiinaea continued to build on that relationship and journeyed over to the Swamp this weekend.

Now, the 2022 prospect is slated to sign with the Gators on Feb. 2.

According to MaxPreps, Savaiinaea recorded 18 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble during the 2021 season. He also suited up at tight end, reeling in 24 receptions for 317 yards and nine touchdowns for Graham (Wash.) Graham-Kapowsin.

With the addition of Savaiinaea, the Gators have now reeled in three players along the defensive line. Chris McClellan and Jamari Lyons have already signed, with McClellan already enrolled in Gainesville.

Stay tuned to Gators Online.