The hits keep coming on the recruiting trail for Florida and coach Dan Mullen.
Following the Thursday departure of Vanguard defensive lineman Bryce Langston, four-star wide receiver and fellow Vanguard standout Trevonte Rucker opted to back off his pledge to the Gators.
And it didn’t take long for the scholarship offers to start rolling in for Rucker, ranked the No. 40 overall prospect in the 2021 class.
Blessed to receive and offer from Louisiana State University 🐯🐯💯 @TyMunnerlyn @chrismartin1974 @tj_finley1 @LukeStampini @_Youngbull23 @edwinfarmer1974 pic.twitter.com/R0NdCjIgks— Trevonte Rucker (@TrevonteRucker) May 11, 2019
As if losing two highly ranked prospects from nearby Ocala within the span of 24 hours wasn’t enough, Melbourne athlete Dink Jackson soon followed Rucker and became the third prospect to de-commit from the Gators since the circumstances surrounding the departure of freshman defensive back Chris Steele broke on Gatorsports.com
I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Florida. My recruitment is open. No interviews please.— Dink9⚠️🏈🙏🏾 (@dink_jackson) May 10, 2019
Although more than 18 months remain before the class of 2021 puts pen to paper, the Gators arguably have lost much of their early momentum on the recruiting trail.