The Gators continue to search for a new head coach, and whoever is at the helm come National Signing Day will no longer have a commitment from the nation’s No. 12 wide receiver.
Ja’Marr Chase, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder out of Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, Louisiana, announced his de-commitment via his Twitter account. Chase thanked Gators linebacker coach Tim Skipper, who recruited the four-star to Florida throughout his recruitment.
PLEASE RESPECT MY DECISION. Thanks coach skip for everything you are the best. @CoachTSkip ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/k9RwgtE89R
— Ja’Marr Chase (@10jayy__) November 9, 2017
With Chase’s de-commitment, the Gators have 18 commitments in the 2018 class.
And so it begins. I always thought holding onto him would be tough, Louisiana kids are expected to go to LSU, and ever since we played them in that one-point loss, the two programs have been headed in opposite directions. We REALLY need a great coach to stop the bleeding, and utilize a darn good amount of WR talent we will still have next season, especially if Copeland sticks.
All the best to Ja’Marr & his final collegiate choice. He’ll be a fine NCAA WR. This is an excellent recruiting class. Hope we can keep most of the rest. Go Gators!
It was mentioned he wasn’t solid to begin with, but if Frost is the HC, any WR would be nuts to not want what the offense would bring. Passing, running, and up tempo with loads of speed would bring the Gators back to a genuine contender again. Don’t think that would happen at LSU.
Thank you to Ja’Marr for his previous commitment to UF, I’m sure his initial commitment to UF coming from La. was a tough one from the beginning. Anytime you have a coaching change it scares recruits because they don’t know what to expect out of the new guy especially when you don’t know who it will be. It’s up to Strickland now to get a QUALITY, RESPECTED COACH to be named as soon as possible because other kids are going to be jumpy as well. Don’t blame the kids, I think it is a natural uneasiness, and their decisions should be respected. GO GATORS!!!
I guess hey know who the new coach will be but cannot announce till the end of the season! That will hurt the recruiting!
Vick. Not really. Stricklin wants to have someone in place before the early signing period, which means a currently employed coach would have to agree to leave his current program at the end of the season and not coach his current team in a bowl game. That timeline will give the new coach and recruits considering Florida to determine the right fit for each other and the programs they are considering. Corral would be one of those. Then, the new coach will have until the first week of February to go to work and close out his class. The right hire and this class could remain a top 10 class and maybe even reach a top 5 class ranking.
I suspect our next head coach will have a better way to get you to the NFL than our recently fired coaches.