Gators land top-50 overall 2019 prospect Chris Steele

[Courtesy of UAA]

Florida’s 2019 class landed its highest-rated prospect Saturday afternoon when five-star defensive back Chris Steele committed to the Gators during the Army All-American game.

Steele, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound corner out of Bellflower, California, committed to the Gators during the third quarter of the showcase of highly recruited prospects in the 2019 class.

“They always say that home is where the heart is. And my heart is at the real DBU. I’m a Florida Gator,” Steele said during an interview on NBC.

Steele, who signed early with Florida and is an early enrollee, is ranked the No. 40 overall player in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite ranking.

With Steele’s commitment and signature, Florida’s total number of early signees rises to 21. When the Spring semester commences Monday, the Gators expect to welcome nearly a dozen early enrollees to Gainesville.

*Steele led St. John Bosco to the state championship game in 2018.

*Recorded 32 total tackles, two blocked field goals, and one interception during his senior season, finishing his career with 135 total tackles.

*Chose Florida over Alabama, Cal, Florida State, LSU, Stanford, UCLA, and USC, among others.


    • Sparky. He silently signed with UF on the first day of the early signing period, but he wanted to wait to announce it with his mother and family at the Army all-star game. But he has been a Gator for a while, and it was no secret to those covering his recruitment. The corner spot is solid for next year now with Henderson, Wilson, Dean, Steele, Hill, Edwards, McWilliams, and Kimbrough (who is much better than his 3-star designation). And fingers crossed for Elam to Florida to play nickel/safety over Georgia (though I think he is going to Georgia to play with Stevenson now that Stevenson has committed to the Bulldogs).

    • USAF. I believe Elam is going to play the safety position in college. And I would currently describe Henderson and Wilson as lock down corners. But it would be nice to add Elam to the secondary. But I think he is going with his buddy, Stevenson, to Georgia. The two want to play together in college, and Stevenson committed to Georgia today. I hope those writing that (and Elam saying that) are wrong.

  1. They are taking notice. A few here have been skeptics. All good things take time to happen well. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Renewed Gators will take few years. The recruits coming in now will be here for that surge and rise to the top. Next season we’ll have players that produce and are champions, other teams will have recruits that wish they were Gators

    • I also heard he is coming to Florida. I think Georgia is having some issues and this Fields thing is not good. A friend who knows the family told me he will be playing the race card to get a waiver. Georgia won’t do anything about it bc Smart promised him a starting job when he recruited him, plus his dad got too much money from Ga. Elam might be aware of all this. But even if he isn’t, a lot of 5 stars who think they are 6 stars feel slighted, and the racial motivation for a transfer is never good for any recruit.

  2. Florida has been blessed by two outstanding committments SINCE the Peach Bowl – a highly rated receiver from Texas and a top-rated DB from California. Notice the huge geographical reach displayed by this year’s recruiting class (i.e. nationwide). Even if Elam choose UGA over UF (which I also doubt based on family ties), DBU will greatly improve this year (especally since we still have two outstanding corners in Henderson and Wilson and an already greatly improved safety situation). I like Dean at nickle – he can play either safety or CB, though our depth at the latter has now greatly improved. Our receiver corps is solidifying and our O-Line will have a bunch of new recruits to develop and add depth (since we are losing several starters). GO GATORS!!!