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The real concern for Florida with Ja’Marr Chase decommitment: How many others will follow?

Ja'Marr Chase

Four-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, one of Florida’s highest-ranked commitments, announced Wednesday night that he was decommitting from the Gators.

Chase, who had been committed to Florida since July 23, announced his decision via Twitter.

The decision wasn’t that surprising. Chase is from the New Orleans area, and when he committed to Florida over LSU and TCU in July, it caught more than a few people off-guard. In addition, given the state of Florida’s offense and the intense pressure on Louisiana prospects to attend LSU, there was no guarantee Chase would’ve stuck with the Gators even if coach Jim McElwain had not been let go.

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Still, his decision hurts, considering he was one of Florida’s three pledges from a top-100 prospect. The big concern: Could this start a domino effect?

Chase (6 feet 1, 195 pounds) from Metairie Archbishop Rummel in the New Orleans suburbs, is one of the top-15 wide receivers in the nation and a top-70 prospect overall. He, four-star quarterback Matt Corral from the Los Angeles area and four-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland of Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia were the three top-100 prospects committed to Florida.

While Florida likely will have some others decommit, the ones to watch are Corral and Copeland. If Florida can keep Corral and Copeland in the fold when a new coach is hired, the Gators could be able to salvage what had the look of a top-10 class.

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Florida has numerous other four-star commitments, including national top-200 prospects such as offensive linemen Curtis Dunlap and Richard Gouraige, running back Dameon Pierce and safety Amari Burney.

Players want to play with other talented players, and if Corral and Copeland remain committed, Florida will add talent when a new coach is hired. The flipside? If Corral and/or Copeland decommit, this Florida class could get depleted quickly.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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