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Florida Gators’ Chris Steele entering NCAA transfer portal

Steele is the second blue-chip early enrollee pursuing a transfer.
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.
MONICA HERNDON | Times Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.

The Florida Gators appear poised to lose another one of their blue-chip recruits.

Defensive back Chris Steele has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. He was the top recruit in a Gators class that ranked No. 9 nationally.

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The four-star prospect was the No. 42 player in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Steele took his high school, St. John Bosco, to California’s state title game last season and was expected to be a key, early contributor for the Gators. He spent some time this spring with the first-team defense, and he recorded two pass breakups and a tackle in UF’s spring game.

Steele was also mentioned as a witness in the sexual battery allegations against teammate Jalon Jones. Both women declined to pursue charges against Jones, who has also entered the transfer portal. Steele was not accused of wrongdoing in the police reports.

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