(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The University of Florida’s football program has been hemorrhaging recruits over the past two weeks.Former four-star quarterback Jalon Jones kicked off the exodus when he announced his plans to enter the transfer portal – although serious allegations followed him out the door.Jones was just the beginning as fellow four-star 2019 recruit Chris Steele entered the transfer portal as well. Steele alleged the program wouldn’t let him change rooms after being forced to room with Jones.As a result, he decided to take his talents elsewhere.But that’s not all for the Gators. Dan Mullen and company lost out on several top recruits when previously committed players decided to reopen their recruitment.Bryce Langston, one of the top prospects in the 2021 class, decommitted from the Gators earlier this week. Not long after, Dink Jackson followed suit and left the Gators 2021 class.I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Florida. My recruitment is open. No interviews please.— Dink9⚠️🏈🙏🏾 (@dink_jackson) May 10, 2019The recent rash of transfers and decommitments isn’t a good look for Gators head coach Dan Mullen, especially considering the recent comments he made about Justin Fields’ decision to leave Georgia.“I’d think we did a poor job recruiting if guys were coming in and then immediately walking out the door because it was something different than what they thought it would be and we lied to them during recruiting, or we sold them on a dream that wasn’t true,” Mullen said via the Tampa Bay Times.It might be time for Mullen to look into his own practices after losing top players.
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