Steele commits and signs with the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators picked up their 23rd commitment on Saturday during the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Defensive back Chris Steele (6-1, 187, Bellflower, CA. St. John Bosco) committed to Florida on Saturday over offers from USC, Oregon and Oklahoma among many others.

“My heart is at the real DBU, I’m a Florida Gator,” Steele said.

Steele who has been recruited by the Gators coaching staff since they were at other schools had a good relationship with the staff.

“Yeah. So, Coach [Ron] English and I have a good relationship,” he said on his relationship with Florida. “He was recruiting me when they were at Mississippi State, so I kind of knew them already. And Coach [Charlton] Warren was recruiting me while he was at Tennessee, too, so I kind of already knew the staff.”

The cornerback had a great relationship with Dan Mullen and the Gators head coach explained to Steele from day one that he has a chance to play early in Gainesville.

“To come in and compete for a starting job,” Steele said on Mullen’s message to him. “He said he needs me to come in and contribute early, I have an opportunity there. He let me know that I would be taking reps with the first team during spring ball. He said it will be up to me to keep it that way.”

Despite Steele just announcing his commitment to Florida on Saturday, the defensive back has already signed his letter of intent with the Gators and will enroll early in Gainesville next week.

Steele is the 21st signee of the 2019 class and the 11th prospect who plans to early enroll at Florida to start classes next week.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.