One of the brighter prospects on Florida’s defense appears ready to leave the program. In a shocking turn of events, former four-star recruit Chris Steele will be transferring out of the program.
Steele came into Gainesville with very high expectations. In fact, the former St. John Bosco cornerback was the highest-rated member of the 2019 recruiting class for Florida.
Coming out of high school, Steel was the No. 42 overall recruit in the country and the No. 5 cornerback, per 247Sports. Several powerhouse programs were in the sweepstakes for his commitment, such as Oklahoma, LSU and South Carolina.
Steele’s decision to leave the program reportedly stems from a dorm room request he made earlier this offseason.
The decision stems from a request Steele made to the staff during his first month on campus, the source said. He asked to be moved to a different dorm because he was uncomfortable rooming with quarterback Jalon Jones, his classmate.
The staff did not plan to move Steele until the summer, which upset Steele and his parents, according to the source.
Jones has since been accused of sexual assault, with one incident allegedly beginning in his dorm room, according to a report.
Steele has since entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Florida freshman defensive back Chris Steele has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.
Was a top-50 recruit and the top-ranked member of Florida's 2019 recruiting class.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 9, 2019
Steele will have the chance to look around for another opportunity and it looks like he could be granted a waiver to play elsewhere immediately.