Greg Schiano is down from one of 18 Class of 2023 football commitments following a 27-10 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes at SHI Stadium on Saturday as Florida’s three-star defensive back Jason Duclona — a priority recruit who recently received offers from UCF and Mississippi State — announced his disengagement from the program on Twitter on Monday.
“The love Scarlet Nation had for me was truly amazing, but at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for me and my future,” he wrote. “Thank you. Grateful forever.”
Rutgers has recruited Florida hard this cycle – seven players have signed up with Rutgers since June 8, when Vilay Nakkoun accepted his offer – with a dwindling recruiting year in New Jersey.
But it’s risky.
Florida players are known for being quick, which often means more college scouts, the benefit of the doubt from those coaches, and more options. Many are recruited hard throughout the year by staffs across the country, and they, more than other states, it seems, are susceptible to overthrow. But you have to be in it to earn it, so there you have it.
Rutgers’ Class of 2023 now ranks 49th on 247Sports and 53rd on Rivals.com, the two major high school football recruiting networks.
Things don’t get any easier for the Scarlet Knights who travel to Columbus to face the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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