Florida Gators basketball’s star-studded 2013 recruiting class lost one of its three members on Monday when three-star power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Boone, FL) decided to move on and open up his recruitment.
Rimmer, a 6’9” 233 lbs. burgeoning prospect, originally chose Florida over Notre Dame, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. He increased his stock in a major way over the summer after performances at multiple AAU events drew strong reactions and seriously increased his offer count.
“It’s been the school I’ve wanted to go to for my whole life,” Rimmer told Rivals.com’s Alex Kline when he committed on Aug. 5 ($). “The opportunity to play there was something I couldn’t pass up.”
Rivals national basketball recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, who first reported Rimmer’s decision on Twitter, noted Monday that the player committed to UF knowing he would likely have been a walk-on as a freshman before being given a three-year athletic scholarship to cover the remainder of his education.
Rimmer also would have been a redshirt candidate during his freshman year due to the Gators’ extremely deep frontcourt, which is set to include at least four post players (five if Patric Young returns for his senior season).
Florida is left with a pair of five-star prospects – point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL) and PF Chris Walker – as the two members of its 2013 class. Head coach Billy Donovan does not appear to have additional space to add to the class unless he anticipates that players will either depart early (Young, for example) or transfer.
The Gators, however, are far from done on the recruiting trail and have been going hard after a plethora of players currently ranked in the Rivals150. Hill and Walker are listed as the No. 7 and 6 players in the nation, respectively.
Florida currently boasts the consensus top-ranked recruiting class for 2013.