Florida’s 2019 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 9 in the nation back in February, continues to shrink, and could grow even smaller.
The latest to fall out of the original class of 25 is four-star Lakeland offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond, who announced on Twitter on Saturday that he did not qualify academically and will be attending a junior college for the next two years.
He joins three other earlier departures from the class — four-star cornerback Chris Steele, four-star quarterback Jalon Jones and four-star linebacker Diwun Black.
Steele (Southern Cal) and Jones (Jackson State) have transferred, while Black, like Hammond, failed to qualify academically and is enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The class could grow even smaller, with three others facing issues that have not allowed them to enroll in the Summer B semester yet, which started July 1.
Four-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson and three-star wide receiver Dionte Marks have academic deficiencies that need to be resolved before they can enroll, while four-star offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson, who is from the Bahamas, has had problems obtaining a visa that would allow him to come to UF.
There’s still a chance that Henderson, Marks and Wilson could enroll for the fall semester and be eligible this season.