By now, I assume you’ve heard that Chris Steele has elected to take his talents to Oregon. So much for Mr. and Mrs. Mullen’s West Coast groveling excursion.
His decision is part of a new Florida tradition ($$).
From a talent standpoint, Florida doesn’t have the margin for error to quickly get over this loss. That feeling is exacerbated by the fact the Gators have now seen a top signee never suit up in an actual game for them in three consecutive classes. In addition to Steele, Justin Watkins was the No. 89 prospect in the 2018 class and James Robinson was the No. 115 prospect in the 2017 class.
That gap with Georgia ain’t gonna close itself, Dan.
By the way, if you subscribe, make sure you read the linked article in its entirety to get a feel for how much Steele’s departure weakens Florida at cornerback. The starters are excellent (well, except they’ll have to wait and see how Marco Wilson comes back from his ACL injury), but depth has to be a real concern, considering that Steele was being counted on as the third guy.
Florida experienced what kind of an effect a shallow cornerback room can have in the SEC. The shortcoming was exposed against Georgia, when the Bulldogs succeeded in targeting C.J. McWilliams, who suddenly climbs one step back up the depth chart.
Congrats to C.J., who’s surrounded by two 2019 signees who aren’t early enrollees and, speaking of Florida traditions, a dude who was arrested last week for misdemeanor simple battery against his girlfriend. No doubt Grantham is poised to work his magic in the defensive backfield.