Florida is down another man in the middle. JUCO defensive tackle Javier Edwards decommitted from the Gators on Sunday, according to Otis Kirk of 247Sports, following a weekend visit to Arkansas.
While 247Sports’s Luke Stampini notes that Florida co-defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and defensive line coach Chris Rumph are set to see Edwards on Sunday, and Andrew Spivey of Gator Country quotes Edwards as saying “Florida is not out,” Edwards also told Kirk that Arkansas is currently his No. 1 school.
Edwards committed to Florida in June, and was part of a haul of defensive tackles intended to make up for the lack of one in an otherwise balanced 2016 recruiting class.
But Florida is back down to zero defensive tackle recruits in its 2017 class, and has now lost commitments from defensive tackle recruits on consecutive Sundays, with Edwards following in the footsteps of New Jersey’s Fred Hansard, who flipped to Penn State last Sunday.
In-state recruit Jordon Scott parted ways with the Gators in early November, though his decommitment was likely more related to Florida cooling on him after he gained weight during his senior season than Scott looking elsewhere.
With no defensive tackles in the fold, the Gators’ attentions will likely turn to Florida lean Tyrone Truesdell and Aubrey Solomon, both Georgians, and to expanding its recruiting board to find prospects at the position.