The Friday commitment of Louisiana speed merchant Derrick Dillon was an unexpected and happy surprise for Florida. The Friday decommitment of Deondre Farrier — as reported by 247Sports's Luke Stampini ($) — is more expected and less happy.
Farrier committed to Florida in February at a junior day, and seemed like a bit of a project even then, without any national esteem to speak of or much in the way of local buzz. Farrier has since drifted further from Florida, with Zach Abolverdi noting matter-of-factly today that Farrier was "reportedly expected to decommit," and message board buzz suggesting the same in the wake of being offered by USC ($).
Farrier was Florida's second commitment of the 2015 class. His decommitment still leaves Florida with Dillon and Tristan Payton at wide receiver, though, so this isn't a devastating move. Forced to choose two of the three players, I'd opt for Dillon, an electrifying athlete, and Payton, who has made strides as a receiver this spring, over Farrier.
Florida also remains in the mix for super-athlete George Campbell of East Lake, and has been closing in on receiver/tight end Auden Tate of late. There are a lot of good players still on the board for the Gators, and Farrier may well have read the writing on the wall.