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Florida Releases 4-Star Arjei Henderson From Letter Of Intent

A Florida Gators football helmet sitting on the field.

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 11: A helmet of the Florida Gators is on the sidelines against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 11, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

If the Florida Gators plan to knock off Georgia in the SEC East, then they'll need as many of their top recruits to contribute as possible. Unfortunately, one of the Gators' best recruits heading into this season appears to be leaving before getting a chance to play.

According to The Athletic's Will Sammon, Florida is releasing four-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson from his national letter of intent. Per the report, Henderson didn't get academically eligible at Florida in time.

247Sports rated Henderson as the No. 140 overall recruit in the country. He was the No. 23 wide receiver in the nation, and the No. 22 prospect from the state of Texas.

Henderson initially committed to Oklahoma before decommitting and joining Florida earlier this year.

Losing Henderson is yet another big blow to Florida this summer. According to Saturday Down South, six of Florida's 25 signees have left the program or failed to report.

Last year the Gators went 10-3, winning the Peach Bowl and finishing with the No. 7 ranking in the AP. It was their highest postseason ranking since 2009.

But the Georgia Bulldogs largely remain the team to beat in the SEC East. The more players that Florida fails to keep, the harder it will be to dislodge their rivals from the top of the mountain.