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Zach Hodskins, who was born without the lower half of his left arm due to a birth defect, committed to the Florida Gators on Saturday as a preferred walk-on.
"It's always been my dream growing up," he said. "I never expected it to be like this, but the hard work has paid off. I'm ecstatic I'm going to be a Florida Gator."
The Lexington, Ky., native had been in contact with several other schools -- including Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari -- but felt his best chance to play was in Gainesville.
"At Florida, I'm going to have every opportunity to get on the floor and play," he said. "The situation was different at Kentucky."
And the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hodskins, who's coming off a strong summer on the AAU circuit, is looking to be more than a feel-good story for Billy Donovan and the Gators.
"I'm coming on as a preferred walk-on, but I'll be treated like every other player," he said. "If I work hard, Coach Donovan told me I'll have a chance to play."
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