Florida football recruiting: Stellar 2021 class falls apart with three decommitments

By Adam Silverstein
May 10, 2019
Florida football recruiting: Stellar 2021 class falls apart with three decommitments

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When it rains, it pours, and the Florida Gators are currently in the middle off a monsoon as three verbal pledges from Florida’s prized Class of 2021 have decommitted from the program in the last two days. That’s in addition to the two verbal commitments that left the same class in April.

The biggest hit came Thursday when five-star defensive end Bryce Langston (Ocala, FL), the 10th-ranked player in the nation, decided to rescind his pledge. Following on Friday were four-stars wide receiver Trevonte Rucker (Ocala, FL) and athlete Dink Jackson (Melbourne, FL); they are ranked 40th and 203rd, respectively. UF losing such highly rated commitments from nearby Ocala is especially painful for the program.

Also previously committed were four-stars linebacker Terrence Lewis (Miami, FL) and athlete Kamar Wilcoxson (Stone Mountain, GA). Lewis is ranked 65th and decommitted on April 13, while Wilcoxson checks in at 232rd and departed on April 27.

The Gators had the No. 2-ranked class in the nation for 2021 and now stand with just two remaining commitments, four-star defensive end Tyreak Sapp (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and three-star offensive tackle George Jackson (Bradenton, FL). There should be no expectation that either will remain in the class at this juncture.

Florida’s recruiting had left some to be deserved in head coach Dan Mullen’s initial offseason with the program, but the Class of 2021 was being built as one that could truly change the direction off the Gators and allow it to compete with some of the massively talented classes being signed nationally by programs like Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

The Gators’ Class of 2020 remains in tact — for now — ranked seventh nationally and third in the SEC.


  1. Darrell West says:

    The Gators need to bring players is going to be loyal to the team. The Gators should not bring any players to the team who don’t want to play there.

  2. Manni Buchan says:

    There is still plenty of time for this 2021 Class. Ohio ILB CJ Hankins from National Powerhouse St. Edward will be in town June 1st for visit and camp, along with other LBs this summer. This class IMO is loaded with receivers. Langston if a tough one to lose. This whole mess needs to be addressed ASAP an can never happen again or it’s back to 1 step forward 2 steps back.

  3. Drab says:

    Does anyone know what has caused all of these decommits? All of these guys must have been talking among themselves. What is it that has turned them off? Are there more coming?

  4. Gator Neil says:

    Relax everyone winning cures the recruiting issue. Let’s focus on a great season. I could care less about a 2021 class. Only concern with the players on the roster now

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