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Andrew Chatfield de-commits from Ohio State
More than two weeks removed from Friday Night Lights, the event’s impact can still be felt on Florida Gators recruiting.
Andrew Chatfield de-committed from Ohio State late Monday night, a move many anticipated after his recent trip to UF.
The 4-star defensive end from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) attended FNL after receiving an offer from the Gators and camped at Florida the following day.
He worked extensively with UF defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who serves as his primary recruiter.
“It was great,” Chatfield said of his workout with Rumph. “Just got some work in. It was really cool to grind like that with him.
“He’s a fun guy. But when it’s time to get serious, he gets serious and I like that about him.”
Chatfield did not want to discuss recruiting during his interview with SEC Country, but it was clear that his visit went well and the Gators were on his mind. They’re undoubtedly the team to beat right now and it could be a matter of time before he joins Florida’s 2018 class, which is ranked No. 7 nationally in the 247Sports Composite.
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Chatfield is ranked the nation’s No. 14 weakside defensive end and No. 297 overall prospect.
UF commits began recruiting Chatfield on Twitter after his de-commitment. His former teammate at American Heritage, Gators freshman cornerback Marco Wilson, also chimed in.
Go ahead and close it back down😏🐊 https://t.co/Yss7FzZMTF
— Marco Wilson (@MjW_era) August 8, 2017
Wassup broo https://t.co/R6xnU9Ugs1
— M A T T Y I C E™ (@corral_matt) August 8, 2017
You know what to do next 😏🐊 https://t.co/9NNKMBVWtS
— Randy Russell Jr (@randy_knows) August 8, 2017
🐊 is the move https://t.co/E98TutPpK1
— TAYLOR UPSHAW (@UpshawT80) August 8, 2017
News & notes
- Chatfield’s teammate, Miami commit Nesta Silvera, plans to officially visit Florida on Nov. 25 for the Florida State game. The 4-star lineman is ranked the nation’s No. 19 defensive tackle and No. 222 overall prospect. Like they did with Chatfield, the Gators also have a chance to sway Silvera.
— Harrison (@harrison_tenzer) August 6, 2017
- Rick Sandidge, a 4-star defensive tackle from Concord, N.C., named Florida in his top 7 on Monday along Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He is ranked the nation’s No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 134 overall prospect. The in-state Gamecocks are considered the favorite Sandidge.
‼️Top 7‼️ pic.twitter.com/l6nsd741lp
— J® (@rickyo_90) August 8, 2017
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