A bombshell came out of Gainesville, Florida today, when the Gators lost the top-ranked player in their 2019 class without a warning.
Chris Steele is the latest to enter the transfer portal, and there's one specific incident to blame.
Florida freshman defensive back Chris Steele has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 9, 2019
Was a top-50 recruit and the top-ranked member of Florida's 2019 recruiting class.
The freshman cornerback cites his motivation for entering the transfer portal as a domestic dispute of sorts.
Good for you Chris Steele .... pic.twitter.com/0uXOR9wncL— Axel....Period! (@Axel_dawgg) May 9, 2019
Steele committed to the Gators at the All-American Bowl on January 5, the highest-rated recruit in the University of Florida's 2019 class. He was expected to see immediate playing time for the Gators before his announcement.
The 6-1, 195 pound corner was a consensus top-50 recruit, and there is no doubt that his intention to transfer has to sting for a UF team trying to once again become relevant in the world of college football, battling its own morality.
You can't blame the kid, of course. He doesn't want his name involved in this type of incident. Even though he played no role, being associated with the person who did can be just as bad, especially if he was attempting to break all ties prior to the incident.
For everybody thinking Chris Steele sexually assaulted a woman...that thought is the exact reason he’s leaving UF. pic.twitter.com/4y3RxLf4Pw— Jared West (@jw_2198) May 9, 2019
The Gators will look to move on from this distraction and focus on what is really important: football.
Hopefully, Steele will be able to regroup far away from this sting.