Ryeshene Bronson Decommits from Florida: Where Do Gators Turn Now?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMay 21, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Florida Gators have suffered two decommitments in five days, the latest coming from 4-star wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson

The loss of Bronson's commitment comes just days after 4-star outside linebacker Christian Miller decommited from Florida as well (Kipp Adams/ESPN).

It goes without saying that it has been a rough few days for the Gators.

Luke Stampini of 247Sports reports on Bronson's decision to leave Florida's 2014 class:

Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar wide receiver Ryeshene Bronson committed to Florida last June following a summer camp session with the Gators coaching staff. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect was the first member in Florida’s 2014 class at the time.

247Sports’ has confirmed through sources at his school that the four-star prospect backed off that pledge Tuesday, joining Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley outside linebacker Christian Miller as the second prospect to decommit from the Gators in the past week.

Bronson is 6'3'', 180 pounds and runs a 4.65 40, according to 247Sports. The 247Sports Composite rankings also list him as the No. 24 wideout in the nation and the No. 26 recruit from the state of Florida.

Considering how important in-state recruiting is, especially in the state of Florida, this is definitely a loss for the Gators.

Moving on though, Florida still has plenty of options.

Ermon Lane, a 5-star receiver, has Florida in his top three (247Sports), and he's undoubtedly become the must-have recruit for the Gators at this moment. Lane is ranked as the No. 1 wideout in the 2014 class according to the 247Sports Composite, so he was a big target anyhow. Now that Bronson is out, out-recruiting Miami and Alabama for Lane becomes even more important. 

Sticking with the wideout position, Florida is in the top eight for 4-star wideout Artavis Scott, out of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and in the top four for 4-star Johnnie Dixon from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Staying in state would be beneficial for Will Muschamp and his staff, because maintaining a huge recruiting presence in the state of Florida is a must. 

It's a win-win situation for Florida, but only if it can bring in at least one of those three. Lane would be the preferred target, but neither Scott or Dixon would be disappointing pickups. Landing two-of-three would be the best case scenario, as a clean sweep seems unrealistic. 

Losing out on Bronson's commitment should be a disappointment, but the real damage here will be from a PR perspective. Two decommitments in five days looks horrible on the recruiting trail, and negative momentum is a very real thing. 

Florida needs to get back on track and Landing Lane would be the best way to do so—but keep an eye on Scott and Dixon as well. 

Either way, Florida has plenty of options.

All player ratings courtesy of 247 sports.

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