The top recruit in Florida’s 2019 class will not be playing college football for the Gators, as he’s decided on a transfer destination.
Chris Steele, a four-star defensive back recruit, has officially flipped his commitment, as his father told ESPN this evening.
The elite 2019 prospect will be playing for USC.
Steele had initially decided to transfer to Oregon, though he’s changed his mind. He visited the Trojans this week.
When Steele initially announced the transfer, he said he would be attending Oregon. Steele then visited USC on Monday, according to a source, and decided to change course, landing with the Trojans.
Steele is originally from the Los Angeles area and was committed to USC at one point during his recruitment. The change of heart might seem surprising to Oregon fans, but Steele told The Athletic that his flip to USC was to stay closer to his family after his mother was laid off from her job.
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The defensive back decided to transfer out of Florida due to a situation with his then-roommate, quarterback Jalon Jones. The four-star QB recruit was accused of sexual battery by two women in April.
Steele was Florida’s highest-rated commit in the 2019 class.