GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second straight day, one of Florida’s indefinitely suspended football players has announced he’s leaving the university.
Defensive lineman Jordan Smith, one of nine players caught up in a credit card fraud case that hung like a cloud over the Gators’ 2017 season, posted on Twitter on Thursday that he won’t return to the school.
In the tweet, Smith thanks former Florida coach Jim McElwain, former defensive coordinators Geoff Collins and Randy Shannon, and former defensive line coach Chris Rumph for his opportunity to play for the Gators.
He did not offer any apology for his off-the-field transgressions, as he still faces 9 recommended third-degree felony charges.
“Due to my recent actions and coaching changes I will not be returning to the University of Florida and will be looking for other opportunities to further my education and my football career,” Smith posted. “I will also like to say that the University of Florida was amazing to me and I will always be a Gator at heart. I also wish all my teammates the best in this upcoming season.”
— J Smoov 😎 (@42rackz_) January 11, 2018
A day earlier, the mother of offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort confirmed that he has withdrawn from the university.
Of the nine players embroiled in the credit card fraud matter, Smith and Telfort were the only ones not offered pre-trial intervention and a chance to expunge their recommended charges through terms set forth by the State Attorney’s Office.
Former star wide receiver Antonio Callaway, another of the nine players suspended last August, hired an agent last month and is pursuing a shot at the NFL.
There has been no update on the status of the other indefinitely suspended players, a list that includes former starting running back Jordan Scarlett, young linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller (who both missed their freshmen seasons), wide receiver Rick Wells, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones and defensive end Keivonnis Davis, who was in a serious scooter accident last year as well.
Smith was a redshirt freshman last season and never played a game at Florida.
He initially faced 18 third-degree felony charges that the University of Florida Police Department recommended in relation to on-campus credit card fraud. According to a UFPD sworn complaint, Smith took $5,020 and bought two 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops at the bookstore along with various headphones. He also paid $1,450 to UF Parking and Transportation.
The Gainesville Police Department later concluded a separate investigation into Smith and recommended two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft — all third-degree felonies — for allegedly attempting to use another person’s credit card without consent.
According to a police report, Smith used the credit card number of a Virginia man on July 31 to pay a $1,007.82 debt he had with The Woodlands, a Gainesville apartment complex. The man said he did not give Smith permission to use his credit card information, nor did he know Smith or how Smith obtained his credit card information.
Alachua Country court records show Smith’s case remaining open, now with five charges from the UPD and four from the GPD.