The Florida Gators lost a large piece of their 2017 recruiting class Monday night.
The top-ranked running back in the state of Florida, Adarius Lemons, announced via Twitter that he was rescinding his commitment because he’s got “so much going on right na.”
I would like to de-commit from Florida Gators and worry about my priorities first I got so much going on right na.
— adarius zabri lemons (@adariuslemons) August 22, 2016
This isn’t Lemons’ first decommitment. The Clearwater (Fla.) High running back originally committed to North Carolina in March but broke that commitment to flip to head coach Jim McElwain and the Gators on July 24.
Prior to Lemons’ decommitment, the Gators’ Class of 2017 was ranked by 247 as 15th in the nation. But Lemons was a key part of the class, one of seven 4-star recruits and the second-highest ranked by 247’s composite. He also was the only running back commitment and one of only two skill-position players.
The Gators turn over the reins in the backfield this season from Kelvin Taylor, who rushed for 1,035 yards and is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, to a pair of sophomores in Jordan Scarlett and Jordan Cronkrite. They combined to rush for 338 yards on 77 carries as freshmen last season.