It wasn't all roses for the Florida Gators on the recruiting trail on Monday, despite the additions of Jordan Scarlett and Kylan Johnson. 2016 athlete/cornerback Tre Jackson decommitted from the Gators shortly after Scarlett's commitment, tweeting out his announcement:
The decommitment comes as a bit of a surprise because of Jackson's bloodlines: He's the son of Gators great Jack Jackson — yes, you're old — and had been committed since July 2013.
But he's also from Baton Rouge, and the lure of playing for in-state behemoth LSU, as Jackson will now be predicted to do, has long been an impediment to other schools making inroads in the Pelican State. Commitments like that of Gerald Willis and Derrick Dillon to Florida are rare exceptions, not the rule — and Dillon's still very much on flip watch, and could very well sign with the Tigers come National Signing Day.
Jackson's decommitment leaves Florida with just two commitments for the 2016 class: Naples athlete Tyler Byrd and Jacksonville receiver Rick Wells.
There is, fortunately, a fair bit of time to go for that cycle.