Gators 2019 class loses two commitments simultaneously

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Florida’s 2019 class suffered a pair of de-commitments in the span of 60 seconds Tuesday.

Tyrique Stevenson and Frank Ladson, Jr., a pair of prospects from South Dade High who committed to Jim McElwain’s coaching staff, each stated their intention to de-commit from UF via their respective Twitter accounts.

The departures of Ladson, a wide receiver, and Stevenson, a defensive back, leave the Gators and coach Dan Mullen with eight verbal commitments in the 2019 class.

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  1. this is beginning to get stupid…and don’t give me the crap that “it’s going to get worse before it gets better” cuz it can’t get any worse

  2. Mullen better hurry up and seal the deal with Matt Corral with a in-home visit ASAP before he goes somewhere else. I’m reading a plethora of reports that DM hasn’t met with the 5* QB yet and he’s not 100% until he does….Why?

    • John, it’s great to be loyal to a school, but if the recruit doesn’t think his skill set fits the new coach’s system, he’s probably right to de-commit. Look at what happened to John Brantley when he flipped from Texas to UF. His skill set didn’t match Meyer’s spread option offense, and what looked like a promising college career ended in disaster. He’d have been much better off to stay at Texas or flip to SC and Spurrier. There’s no reason to struggle in system that doesn’t fit you simply out of loyalty to the school, when you may have the chance to flourish somewhere else.

      • Absolutely, Joe. Lots of fish in that big sea out there. Mullen pulls off a good recovery season next year, prospects get a good look at what he and his system are all about, we’ll get the blue chippers we want. Rome wasn’t built in day, anyway.

  3. It can’t get worse? I’d like you to meet my friend the University of Tennessee. These are 2019 recruits. Let’s not panic until this time next year…if there is still something to panic about..

    • Pathetic, dysfunctional, and insane up there in Knoxville. Glad to see, tho, that Phil Fulmer somehow got himself back into the mix and at least brought back sanity in fairly short order. Time will tell, of course, but I think they’ve got a good one now. May sound strange for a Gator to say this, but I for one would like to see the Vols back on their feet….we’re better when they’re better, and anything that gets the SEC-East shed of this reputation currently hung on it is good for all of us.

  4. You can’t control 17 or 18 year old young people, we will lose some and we will gain some. If they don’t want to be a Gator that’s their loss.

  5. Relax! The 2019 recruits still have a year and a half of High School left! Why commitments look good on paper, they can’t even sign a LOI for 12 more months. Mullen will recruit fine. But changing staffs always causes some recruits to leave. Just a fact of the business.

  6. Not worried about 2019. We need players now. Concerned that 2018 recruits are dropping and we’ve only got 1 interested in committing. This could be an ugly early signing period with the way things are looking. People have speculated that we are upgrading but I think most of that is hogwash. You don’t usually upgrade with new recruits on a transition class. The best course of action is too keep what you have and try to add to it. Not sure that’s happening here. You can’t coach up an empty shirt. Saban would be signing 35 players this year while taking grey shirts and all.

  7. I heard they were going to change the Tom Petty tribute song at the end of the 3rd quarter from Won’t Back Down to Free Falling

  8. You see the kind of kids that Mac and Shannon were recruiting the last few years….nothing but trouble. That’s part of the reason we are in this mess. It will be much much better when DM gets the right players to come to UF.

  9. We will all recognize soon that Mullen was the wrong choice to lead the Gators in the future. One of his downsides is he can not recruit. Second, bringing his MS staff with him. He should have kept Randy Shannon as he can coach and recruit. Loosing several recruits already and more to come.

    • Shannon can coach? Oh really? We have had a top defense for over a decade and the 1st year Shannon is our DC it becomes terrible! He called himself simplifying the defense! Oh yea, he can really coach!…. NOT!

      • I totally disagree c Sam too, daz. But look at the attrition to that defense by the time Shannon took it over….did much better than expected overall, and probable for much improved this coming season. Give the guy his creds, at least. Glad to hear he’s landed on his feet at UCF.

    • You are kidding right? Oh Yeah because we all know Starkville was a destination to 4 and 5 star kids vs Bama, LSU, Auburn, A & M, etc in the West.

  10. It really seems this is the result of ex UF football assistants talking to players they recruited to play for them in another college etc. Happens I guess but shame on you .

    • All the damn time, Hussein. Mullen will do the same in some instances as well, I’m sure. Probably balances out somewhere along the line, I’ll be damned if I know where, but truth is that some already recruited by the previous coach do not really fit in the new coach’s system anyway.

  11. What’s with the “please respect my decision” and “no interviews please”? You’re in high school, you’re not a star. With egos like that the fall from their self-appointed pedestal is even greater. Good luck to each of them whether they attend UF or somewhere else, but lose the ego.

    • What’s wrong with them not wanting their twitter feed or Facebook page to be flooded with hateful BS from UF’s version of Bammer’s “Eighty-Five Percent,” or trolls from other schools posing as UF fans?

    • Damn skippy, Rob. I’m tiring of it too, but hell, the culture has changed so much in the last 30 years or so that I’m probably not supposed to get it anyway.

  12. No wonder we have a coaching carousel at UF…all these arm chair cats bashing kids for making changes due to not knowing the new staff…and simply opening up their options. To the recruits that may read the comment section…many of us have sense and understanding. Please disregard these cats…all fan bases have them. Mullen just got here and he’s being devalued as a recruiter…wow.

  13. Faith in Coach Mullen! Good luck to the kids who decommit. Just stop with the “respect my decision” and “no interviews”…lol. No one cares…you are a high school kid!!!

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