Florida's top signee from its most recent recruiting class is bailing on the Gators after just five months on campus. Four-star cornerback Chris Steele, the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2019 and prized prospect of head coach Dan Mullen, has entered the NCAA transfer portal and will leave the program, a source confirmed to CBS Sports.
The Gainesville Sun reported that the decision to leave was a result of a request that was not honored by the Florida staff. Steele reportedly requested to change dorm rooms shortly after he enrolled because he felt uncomfortable sharing a residence with four-star quarterback signee Jalon Jones. The staff decided not to move him during the spring semester, although they did plan on moving him in the summer.
Jones also entered the transfer portal earlier this month after he was accused of sexual battery of two women at the residence on April 6. Steele and fellow freshman defensive back Jaydon Hill allegedly walked in on the first incident involving Jones, which forced Jones to stop. The two alleged victims declined to press charges, though the names of Steele and Hill were both included in reports about the incident.