Florida Football Recruiting: Priority target Hylton Stubbs commits to USC

The consensus top 115 safety out of Jacksonville was seen as a Gator lean

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It was an odd weekend for Florida Football in their recruiting efforts. On Saturday it looked like the Gators had landed four-star safety Keon Young out of Lakeland, only for miscommunication to make the commitment to be one that the Gator staff didn't want to take yet.

One of the hopes was that Florida was going to land one of its other top priorities at safety, Hylton Stubbs.

At least as of now, if Stubbs was Plan A, Florida needs to be looking into their Plan B.

Florida Football: Go West

When we profiled Stubbs last month, we noted that his top 115 ranking was justified, and his ability to read the field was outstanding.

"The general vibe of a top 75 prospect checks out on film as Stubbs has great instincts for the position and does a great job at reading the eyes of a QB. Even when a receiver is on the other side of the field, Stubbs is often able to make the read and scurry over to either disrupt the play or intercept it altogether.

He's not afraid to be physical though. When given the chance to lay the boom, Stubbs will take that opportunity. And he isn't just a back end ball hawk, as he can burst into the backfield when tasked with a blitz and is a sure handed tackler."

Hail Florida Hail

At least as of now, Stubbs doesn't plan to commit to Florida after late last night the safety from Mandarin High announced his commitment to USC (the one with academic standards).

Stubbs had been considered a heavy Gator lean and there is still plenty of time to get Stubbs to flip to Gainesville.

But in the wake of the Young scenario where Florida seems to be in a wait and see mode, it is not a great look to have one of the prospects Florida's was waiting to see post a non-Florida graphic 24 hours later.

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