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Florida loses two four-star recruits to decommitments

Cornerback Bell and offensive lineman Johnson leave the Gators' prospective Class of 2013. Dave Miller

Print This August 13, 2012, 12:45 AM EST

Two players from Florida's prospective Class of 2013 have decommitted.

Cornerback Tre' Bell and offensive lineman Rod Johnson both rescinded their verbal pledges to second-year Gators head coach Will Muschamp this weekend.

The 5-11, 158-pound Bell, who is a St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, NJ) product, subsequently switched his commitment to Vanderbilt. He's considered a Top 25-30 national cornerback, so Commodores head coach James Franklin will be getting a high-star defender if he keeps his pledge. For the Gators, keep in mind that they received a pledge from five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III a few weeks ago, and they do have depth at the cornerback position. So Bell's rescind is not a huge blow to the program.

Meanwhile, the 6-6, 316-pound Johnson, who is an American Heritage-Boca-Delray High (Delray Beach, FL) product, remains uncommitted. He is considered a Top 25 tackle nationally who holds offers from major powers such as Nebraska, West Virginia, Florida State and Auburn. There was concern that Johnson would take the resignation of Gators recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill hard, as Johnson said he was disappointed when he found out the news last week. Hill was Johnson’s lead recruiter and convinced him to commit to the Gators.

Both Bell and Johnson are considered four-star players.

Florida now has 20 commits in its Class of 2013, which was shaping up to be a Top 5 class before the decommitments. Adding a high-quality offensive tackle will be a priority because the team needs depth behind sophomore Chaz Green, the likely starting right tackle this fall.

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