2015 WR Da’Vante Phillips decommits from Florida

By Adam Silverstein
December 25, 2013

Five months after becoming the Florida Gators’ first and only commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle, four-star wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips (Miami, FL) has pulled his pledge to the team and reopened his recruitment.

Phillips, an immensely talented instate pass catcher who is also a teammate of 2014 four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami, FL) at Miami Central High School, told InsidetheGators.com’s Blake Alderman on Tuesday that he has more than a year until he signs and wanted to open things up this early in the process.

He originally committed to Florida at Friday Night Lights on July 27 with Cook very much in his ear about joining the Gators. Now with Cook’s commitment status to Florida up in the air – he is scheduled to make a final decision between UF, Florida State and Miami on Jan. 2 – Phillips is no longer a pledge either.

Phillips first chose the Gators over offers from instate schools as well as Alabama and other top programs. He is ranked by ESPN as the No. 11 overall player in the class of 2015 and the cycle’s top wide receiver prospect.

Scout.com‘s Amy Campbell first reported Phillips’s decision.

Florida is hoping to beef up its talent on offense after another extremely disappointing season on that side of the ball. Unfortunately for the Gators, they may have to do so without some of their top offensive recruits.

In addition to Phillips decommitting and Cook making a final decision in a week, 2014 four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, FL) is also wavering in his pledge.

Lane committed alongside four-stars cornerback Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and athlete Chris Lammons (Plantation, FL) in August but has been hinting that he is no longer sure where he will play college football.


  1. Tractorr says:

    Well looks like we will not be getting Cook.

  2. WJP2 says:

    It’s expected with the HC on the hot seat

  3. ntcrze says:

    This year’s results on the field would give pause to anyone. If the Gators can improve on offense next season, then guys like Phillips will be more open to come to UF. It all depends on whether Jeff Driskel can step up and become a competent quarterback, if not, then UF must start all over again with a new coach. I don’t know about Roper, but his work is cut out for him. I don’t know if you can teach poise or accuracy, which Driskel lacks. Maybe Driskel’s mechanics are the cause of him being inaccurate, then it can possibly be fixed. As for poise, I think it’s something you can’t teach, and I don’t think Driskel has it. After all, he was a junior last year and was terrible. You can’t blame the offensive line for some of the poor decisions he makes. I wonder if the line will be any better, the supposed bell cow was Humphey and he was benched for poor play.

  4. Nick says:

    If you ain’t a Gata then your Gator bait. chomp, chomp, chomp

  5. Jmoney says:

    LoL. Fisher leaving for Texas? Not when you have the best player in the nation. The best offense in the nation. The best defense in the nation. You’re about to flip two 5 star recruits from your most heated rival. And you’re gonna leave? For what? A couple more million a year? If FSU wins the NCG, he will be coach at FSU for at least the next 10 years.

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