The Gators' class was ranked ninth overall in the nation by 247Sports, but ultimately will fall back a few slots with the loss of these two recruits.
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.
It is never good to lose a recruit to the transfer portal, but to lose your top overall recruit is a big blow. Yet it's still too early for Gators fans to start panicking, as Mullen did take a Florida team well past their expectations last season when they went on to beat Michigan in the Peach Bowl.
Mullen is coming off of a successful first season with Florida, but there is always room to grow, especially in a new program. He had spent the previous nine seasons coaching at Mississippi State, amassing a 69-46 record during his tenure.
Florida's top recruit, Chris Steele, is transferring and the blame falls squarely on Dan Mullen and his staff https://t.co/XhHzQ7tBHv— FanSided College (@FanSidedU) May 9, 2019
The situation remains interesting as Steele did not feel comfortable living with Jones, especially after Jones was charged with sexual battery. After his request to be moved was not immediately met, Steele entered the transfer portal along with Jones.
This is certainly not a good look for Mullen and Florida's football program, but, as he proved last season, the Gators are in good hands under Mullen and he will do everything in his power to ensure the team remains competitive in 2019.