The top recruit in Florida’s ninth-ranked 2019 recruiting class is already getting out of Gainesville before ever playing a down in a Gators uniform.
Chris Steele, a top-50 prospect in Dan Mullen’s most recent signing class, entered the NCAA’s transfer portal this week. Steele enrolled at Florida in January to get a jump on his first season, but is already leaving town only five months into his stay.
According to The Gainesville Sun, Steele had requested a new roommate because the one he had made him uncomfortable:
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.
Then two female students accused Jones of sexual assault in the players’ dorm rooms on April 6. That prompted Steele to seek a transfer.
Jones has not been charged but has left the school. [Gainesville Sun]
Steele did not have an offer from Kentucky during his recruitment, but it wouldn’t hurt to give a call because he is a cornerback and UK is desperate for those. The 247Sports Composite had him as the fifth-best corner in his class and Florida expected him to contribute in its secondary right away.
I assume he will seek immediate eligibility after participating in only the 15 spring game practices.