DE Griffis de-commits from UF

Florida suffered a de-commitment in the 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday when Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy edge rusher Josh Griffis backed off his pledge to the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound Griffis took to his personal Twitter account to deliver the news. 

"First and foremost I would like to give a huge thank you to The University of Florida for giving me the opportunity to play for them and the love they have shown me," Griffis' statement read. "The University of Florida has always been my dream school, but after praying and talking with my family and coaches, I have decided to re-open my recruitment. Florida is still one of my top picks, but I feel that opening up my recruitment for my senior year is the right decision. Please respect my decision." 

Griffis originally committed back in September of 2017 to then head coach Jim McElwain. At the time, Griffis was still at Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay, his school before making the move to IMG Academy. 

The 247Sports Composite, an industry generated average, currently ranks Griffis as the nation’s No. 624 overall prospect and the No 29 weak-side defensive end in the 2020 recruiting class.

Florida now has seven commitments in the 2020 recruiting class. Those pledges include Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard five-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel, Clearwater (Fla.) Superior Collegiate Academy four-star running back Keyvone Lee, Tampa (Fla.) Middleton four-star defensive tackle Johnnie Brown, Lake Wales (Fla.) four-star defensive tackle Gervon Dexter, Dunnellon (Fla.) four-star wide receiver Jaquavion Fraziars, Marietta (Ga.) three-star safety Rashad Torrence II, and Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson three-star edge rusher Morven Joseph.

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