The news keeps getting worse for Florida’s highly-regarded 2019 football class.
On Saturday, 4-star offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond announced that he did not meet NCAA academic requirements, therefore he’s headed to junior college.
It was a devastating blow for the Gators, which have now have lost four members (and counting) of their 2019 class – which finished ranked as No. 9 in the nation.
What’s even worse is that three more of Florida’s 2019 signees are “still not enrolled.”
The other three are “hoping to get cleared for the fall after being unable to make it in for the Summer B semester,” per OnlyGators.com’s Adam Silverstein. (There’s a unconfirmed report that one of them was denied his U.S. visa)
That’s an incredulous number signees in disarray this late in the summer — and puts Florida in potentially some dangerous depth situations for the upcoming season. Needless to say, Gators coach Dan Mullen and his staff are catching some heat.
“There is no sugar-coating these developments for the Gators — there is no circumstance in which a team of this caliber should have a class with five prominent signees facing academic qualifying issues, and both the coaches and recruiting staff should have done a better job when targeting players this cycle …” wrote OnlyGators.com.
The most embarrassing loss for Florida’s 2019 class was the departure of Chris Steele, the 5-star cornerback who was the team’s top-ranked signee in the entire group. Steele transferred to USC after enrolling early at Florida because he was “uncomfortable” with rooming with another Gators signee — and Florida’s staff wanted to wait until the summer before granting the request, per GatorSports.com. Steele’s roommate later left Florida after being accused of sexual assault by two female students.
Of course, UGA fans seem to take pleasure in Florida’s recruiting woes after Mullen appeared to troll the Bulldogs over losing Justin Fields.