Houston quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole committed to Arizona State on Tuesday during a Spreecast broadcast facilitated by ESPN, choosing the Sun Devils over Florida and Houston, among other schools.
"It felt like the place to be," Sterling-Cole told ESPN recruiting analysts Phil Murphy and Tom VanHaaren.
The announcement made official what most Florida fans had suspected in recent weeks: The one-time "top" target on Florida's board was headed elsewhere, and the Gators' plans for their 2016 class appear to involve other players.
Specifically, it seems as though Florida relented on pursuing Sterling-Cole, a talented enough player to be the lone quarterback taken in Jim McElwain's first full recruiting cycle, and has instead decided to angle for a two-quarterback haul.
Two-star Texas passer Kyle Trask theoretically became the first half of such a duo with his Sunday commitment, but Florida will likely need to flip a committed passer to complete it with a higher-tier prospect: Sterling-Cole was the last uncommitted Elite 11 participant, and none of the uncommitted passers left in the 2016 class are rated higher than the three-star level in the 247Sports Composite rankings.