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Freshman cornerback Chris Steele met with Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen on Wednesday night and informed him of his intentions to transfer to another program. Steel became the second member of the 2019 Florida Gators recruiting class to enter the transfer portal according to Zach Abolverdi from GatorSports.com.
The former four-star recruit arrived from St. John Bosco High School in January with high expectations as the highest ranked player in the Gators recruiting class and a five-star recruit by Rivals.com.
According to GatorSports.com, “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.”
Steele requested a dorm transfer after Jones was accused of sexual assault in the players’ dorm rooms on April 6. This is a request that the Gators should have taken seriously.
Don’t be surprised if the NCAA grants Steele instant eligibility. If they accepted Justin Fields reasoning, this should be an easy decision. The staff did not plan to move Steele until the summer, and he can argue that the University showed neglect by not taking his safety and concerns into consideration.
Jones had the right to be innocent until proven guilty. At the same time, Steele had the right to feel comfortable and safe. Perhaps he thought someone might retaliate on the girl’s behalf. Either way, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Steele will be a great addition to some football program.