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Florida Recruits: Week of Decommitments


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State of Florida decommits.

In a matter of 48 hours, four Florida prospects decided to back off their commitments. Plant City (Fla.) offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood got it started when he decommitted from Notre Dame. Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian athlete A.C. Leonard continued the trend backing off his Florida commitment. Two lesser known prospects - cornerback Devin Gaulden and defensive tackle Patrick Williams - both from Davie (Fla.) University School - parted ways with Auburn and Buffalo, respectively.

In Prestwood's case, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle simply said he felt that he may have rushed into his commitment to Notre Dame back in early April. Now, the three-star prospect intends to check out two in-state schools, Florida and Florida State, while Notre Dame remains in the picture. He will make his way to Gainesville this weekend to watch the Gators host Mississippi State. He will then visit Florida State in early November when the Seminoles host North Carolina. He will return to South Bend for their awards banquet after the season. At this time, he claims that he is wide open amongst the three schools and will allow his visits to lead him to wherever he may end up.

Rivals100 four-star tight end A.C. Leonard backed off Florida following a visit to Gainesville to see the Gators drop a game against LSU. He hasn't shared specific reasons for the split, but his attention now seems to be turning to another in-state school. Early word is that the 6-foot-2, 232-pound prospect is attempting to set up an official visit to Miami, who has been pushing its NFL tight end production to him as a major selling point. In addition to the Hurricanes, he is likely to consider the Gators again as well as Alabama, whom he officially visited on Oct. 1st. The Crimson Tide is interested in Leonard as a defensive end who could play standing up, and that interest is mutual. Other schools who could creep into the picture include Tennessee, Nebraska, Louisville and South Carolina.

University School teammates Gaulden and Williams both parted with their schools for different reasons. Gaulden, who committed to Auburn following a strong camp showing, recently took an official visit to Boston College. That trip led to him and Auburn having a difference of opinion. After discussing things with his coach he has backed off his commitment and will look at the Eagles as well as Wisconsin, West Virginia and possibly others. In Williams' case, he has simply received more interest from schools since his original commitment to Buffalo, and now feels he must evaluate his options. His offer list consists of Buffalo, FIU, Marshall, Memphis and New Mexico.

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