Bad look for Gators? Chris Steele reportedly requested room reassignment prior to roommate's alleged sexual battery incident
Dan Mullen, or at least someone on his Florida staff, may have some explaining to do.
If you missed the bombshell news out of Gainesville, Florida’s highest-rated signee in the 2019 recruiting class, defensive back Chris Steele, is planning on leaving the program just months after enrolling early at the school. The California native has already entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Steele would be the second four-star early enrollee from the 2019 signing class set to leave Mullen’s program this spring, and that is reportedly no coincidence.
According to Zach Abolverdi of Gator Sports, Steele met with Mullen on Wednesday to inform his coach that he’s leaving the Florida program. This comes after Steele reportedly asked to be reassigned to a new dorm room during his first month at Florida after being assigned to room with quarterback Jalon Jones.
The decision stems from a request Steele made to the staff during his first month on campus, the source said. He asked to be moved to a different dorm because he was uncomfortable rooming with quarterback Jalon Jones, his classmate.
The staff did not plan to move Steele until the summer, which upset Steele and his parents, according to the source.
Jones has since been accused of sexual battery by two women stemming from an incident that began in the dorm room shared with Steele, according to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times. This alleged incident took place after Steele requested to be reassigned to a new dorm room.
For what it’s worth, Steele has retweeted the story written by Gator Sports regarding this incident.