You can add a third name to the list of elite prospects that have decommitted from Dan Mullen’s program over the previous 24 hours.
The latest setback on the recruiting trail for the Florida program comes from four-star receiver Trevonte Rucker of Ocala. Rucker is rated as the nation’s No. 5 receiver and the state of Florida’s No. 6 prospect in the 2021 recruiting cycle by 247Sports, Rucker was the highest-rated prospect in the Gators’ recruiting class leading up to his decommitment announcement.
Following the news of Chris Steele’s decision to leave Dan Mullen’s program, Florida has now lost over half of its commitments in the 2021 recruiting class. The first domino to fall was elite defensive end Bryce Langston, who decommitted on Thursday which was followed by the decommitment of Dink Jackson on Friday. Following these three decommitments, the Gators are down to just two commitments in the 2021 recruiting cycle.
Rucker announced the news with the following message on Twitter:
“I am truly blessed to be in this process and I just want say I’m thankful for having an offer from the Gators but I will be decommitting from the University of Florida.
While none of the players have referenced the Steele situation when announcing their decommitments from Florida, clearly the incident has them second-thinking their decisions to play in Gainesville. However, considering there is so much time before these players have to sign their scholarships, there’s no doubt Mullen and company can weather this storm and rally back any of the lost commitments.
However, as it stands now, the negative perception some have of Florida at the moment, these decommitments are only going to add fuel to that fire.