Another defection for UF's 2013 class

Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.

On Sunday, the commitment column of Florida's 2013 class shrunk for the fourth time in nine days.

But unlike cornerback Tre' Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep), offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach/American Heritage) and receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg/Lakewood) before him, offensive guard Joshua Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) left the Gators on his own accord. The other three prospects mutually parted ways with Florida.

Outlaw, who pledged to UF on April 7, informed The Sun of his de-commitment via text message and re-opened his recruitment so he could take official visits. He will still consider Florida moving forward.

In mid-July, Outlaw told The Sun he was 85-percent committed to the Gators and had interest in Arkansas, Clemson and Miami.

“I'm definitely going to take all my officials,” Outlaw said on July 15. “I don't see why I wouldn't. It's five free trips. Honestly, I'm just going in with an open mind. I'm not going in with any preconceived notions. I know what Florida has to offer, I'm just trying to see other schools and what their staff and facilities are like. I want to see something different before I start college. I'll never get this opportunity again.”

Florida now has 18 members in its 2013 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent Feb. 6.

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