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Gators get their man of Steele

January 5, 2019
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It took a bit longer then expected, but Florida finally got their man on Saturday afternoon when Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco cornerback Chris Steele‍ pledged to the Gators on national television during the airing of the All-American Bowl on NBC.

The one time Florida lean, who committed to Southern Cal, only to come back on the market and sign with the team many originally expected in the end.

For the second year in a row, a top national prospect was able to sign early, but - somewhat - keep it a secret from the masses. Last year it was Nik Bonitto who signed with Oklahoma in December, but kept it completely under wraps in order to announce it at the Under Armour Bowl in January. This time around, though it wasn’t completely a surprise, Steele attempted to do the same. 

Steele had hats on the table from Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Southern Cal, before picking up and putting on the Orange & Blue. 

“They say home is where the heart is and my heart is at the real DBU, I’m a Florida Gator,” said Steele

“It means the world to me,” he continued. “Florida is DBU they have a tradition of producing DBs and Coach [Dan] Mullen and staff, I feel are the best in the country and I feel like we can win some national championships together.”

As the No. 40 ranked prospect in the 247 Composite, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Steele is now the highest rated signee of the Dan Mullen era, well ahead of Jacob Copeland, who was the No. 69 rated prospect in the nation last year.

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