Adams, Outlaw are fourth, fifth Gators decommits

The Florida Gators lost a pair of 2013 pledges this week, learning that four-star wide receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, FL) and three-star offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw (Lithonia, GA) decided to decommit from the program.

Adams, who was shaken at the departure of wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill in early August and claimed that he was going to open up his recruitment, had previously been put on notice by the Florida coaching staff as it was growing increasingly unlikely that he would be able to qualify academically.

He also learned early this week that doctors found what they believe to be a hole in his heart. Adams, who decommitted on Wednesday, is not expected to be able to play football for the foreseeable future but is holding out hope that he will not have to stay off of the gridiron longer than the duration of his senior year of high school.

Outlaw, on the other hand, had not reportedly been wavering previously but told ESPN‘s Kipp Adams on Sunday that he has decided to no longer be committed to Florida.

The Gators have now had four players decommit for various reasons in the last nine days. Three-star defensive back Tre Bell (Jersey City, NJ) committed in early April but switched his pledge to Vanderbilt on Aug. 11, and three-star OL Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, FL) pulled the trigger on Aug. 13.

Florida at one time had four offensive line commitments but is now down to just a pair – three-star Cameron Dillard (Canton, MI) and Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, GA).

ESPN notes that three of UF’s five decommitments – three-star linebacker Dillan Lawson (Crestview, FL), Bell and Adams – were spurned by the Gators, though the offensive line pledges who changed their minds did so completely on their own. Florida now has just 18 players committed for 2013 after having as many as 22 at one point.

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OL Octavius Jackson is commit No. 22 for Gators

Though the Florida Gators streak of five commitments in five days came to an end on July 30, the program’s momentum obviously continued to roll into this week as three-star offensive lineman Octavius Jackson (Moultrie, GA) officially announced on Friday his intention to play football in Gainesville, FL next season.

Unranked by Rivals, which reports that he impressed he coaching staff after working out for them in a June camp session, Jackson chose Florida over Vanderbilt and had what some would not necessarily call an impressive offer sheet with Kentucky and South Florida as the two other most prominent schools that were hoping to sign him.

The Gators did not offer Jackson right away though. Instead Florida’s coaches spent nearly six weeks evaluating his film and finding out how some potentially higher-ranked players (on their board) felt about playing at UF.

No doubt helping his cause is the fact that Jackson is the type of player head coach Will Muschamp likes – athletic and versatile with a a good head on his shoulders. Not only is Jackson a solid student, he also played defensive line last season and was a member of his high school’s basketball and track & field teams (shot put) as a junior.

In the end he got his scholarship offer and came to a quick decision, choosing to play for the Gators and fight for playing time in what is quickly becoming a deep unit.

Jackson (6’4″, 285 lbs.) is Florida’s fourth three-star offensive line commitment for the 2013 recruiting cycle, joining Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, FL), Joshua Outlaw (Lithonia, GA) and Cameron Dillard (Canton, MI).

He is only the Gators’ seventh pledge from outside the state of Florida but is one of four the coaching staff has poached from the state of Georgia.

Jackson’s commitment was first reported by ESPN.

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