3-Star DT Javier Edwards Decommits From Florida Gators

Three-star defensive tackle Javier Edwards has decommitted from the Florida Gators, according to a report. 

On Saturday, Florida lost in the SEC title game to Alabama, 54-16, and Gators fans lost their patience.

The latter probably worsened on Sunday when 3-star defensive tackle Javier Edwards decommitted from Florida, news that was first reported by 247Sports.

Edwards, a JUCO prospect from Houston, Texas, pledged to the Gators in June but a visit to Arkansas this past weekend was enough to reverse that decision.

The 6-foot-3, 350-pound defensive tackle named Bret Bielema’s Razorbacks as his new leader and throughly enjoyed his time in Fayetteville.

“I loved the family atmosphere,” Edwards said. “I loved how I came here and felt at home. Even though I was at Arkansas, it felt like I was in Texas. I just fit in out here.”

The news highlights an excellent recruiting weekend for Bielema, who locked down 4-star JUCO tight end Jeremy Patton on Saturday.

As for Florida, Edwards’ decision to decommit comes a week after the Gators watched 4-star defensive tackle Fred Hansard flip to Penn State.

A couple of months ago, Florida was sitting inside the top 10 of the 2017 recruiting class rankings. Now, Jim McElwain’s Gators have fallen to No. 21.

Florida could fill the hole left by Edwards with a commitment from 3-star defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell, as the Gators are high on his list. McElwain’s staff could also target Breyon Gaddy (4-star) and his brother, Brandon Gaddy (3-star), who were once committed to Tennessee but have since backed off their pledges to the Volunteers.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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