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To say the recruitment of four-star running back Adarius Lemons (Clearwater, FL) has been strange would be an understatement. For the second time in two months, Lemons has decommitted from the Florida Gators, a decision that comes four days after the player left his Clearwater High School football team. Many believe he will be transferring to another school.
Lemons originally decommitted from Florida in late August, later reversing his decision after speaking with the Gators coaching staff. It appeared as if Lemons believed a suspension would preclude him from going to Florida, but after being reassured by the coaches that he was still in their good graces as long as he kept his nose clean, he stuck by the Gators.
Now, Lemons has announced again on Twitter that he is decommitting, noting that his “main focus is to remain humble, pass this ACT and bounce back.” Lemons apologized to Florida “for the disruption” and says “hopefully they still want me in the end,” presumably if and when he passes the test and gets his grades in order.
Lemons, ranked No. 270 in the 247Sports Composite, was the Gators’ seventh-highest rated commitment and one of just nine four-star pledges.
Florida, seemingly knowing this change was coming, offered three-star RB Malik Davis (Tampa, FL) last week. Davis plans to announce his commitment decision Wednesday morning and all indications are that he will choose to stay in state and play for the Gators.
The decommitment of Lemons has knocked Florida down to No. 17 on the 247Sports team rankings. That is good for eighth in the SEC and also behind rivals Florida State and Miami.