Florida football: Morven Joseph de-commits from Gators

Following a strong weekend of recruiting for Florida football, this weekend has been a bit of a mess as another Gator recruit de-committed from the Gators.

The Florida football team went from having one of its best recruiting weekends of the season to one that wasn’t so good.

Not only did the Gators lose out on four-star offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond, who de-committed citing academic reasons, but Florida lost out on another of its top recruits.

On Twitter, three-star defensive end Morven Joseph announced he was de-committing from the Gators after committing to them back in February.


“I would like to thank the University of Florida for offering me a scholarship to continue my education and play for their program,” Joseph said. “I want to thank the UF coaching staff and Gator fans for their continued support throughout my commitment. This was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I need to make sure I make the best decision for me.

After a talk with my family and coaches, we feel it’s the best time to fully re-open my recruitment and de-commit from the University of Florida.”

He added that Florida was still one of his “top schools moving forward.”

Interestingly enough, Joseph did receive a scholarship offer from Baylor on Saturday:


According to 247Sports, Joseph had visited Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Tennessee and others. He said he was “still keeping an open mind” regarding his recruiting.

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Joseph, who will play for Lakeland (Florida) Lake Gibson High School this fall, was ranked the No. 483 overall prospect in the country and the No. 17 weak-side defensive end in the class of 2020. He notched 62 tackles — 18.5 tackles for loss — and 8.5 sacks last season for Lake Gibson.