The biggest story on the recruiting trail for the last week has been what will happen to Florida’s talented, four-man recruiting class now that Mike White has taken over for Oklahoma City-bound Billy Donovan.
And it appears we have answers for three of the four.
On Wednesday morning, Russ Wood of Florida’s Rivals site reported that Kevarrius Hayes had met with Mike White and will honor his commitment to Florida. Hayes is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Live Oak, Florida, that is ranked the No. 149 recruit in the country, according to Rivals.
But as of now, Hayes appears to be the only recruit currently planning on staying with Florida. Noah Dickerson, a powerful, 6-foot-9 big man that played his high school ball at IMG Academy, asked for his release on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Talented shooting guard KeVaughn Allen has not officially asked for a release from his letter of intent yet, but all signs point towards Allen looking to attend a school other than Florida.
Dickerson is the No. 81 recruit in the country, per Rivals. Allen, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is the No. 67 player in the class.
That leaves 6-foot-7 small forward Keith Stone, the No. 94 player in the class. Stone is a Florida native that seemingly had his sights set on playing for the Gators. He is scheduled to meet with White at some point this week to discuss his future with the program.
Keeping Stone committed is a key for white, as his program is down five players from what they were expected to have as of the end of the 2014-15 season. Michael Frazier and Chris Walker both decided to enter the NBA Draft while Eli Carter opted to transfer.
There are still pieces on the roster, however. Kasey Hill is a former top ten that will be joined in the back court by promising sophomore Chris Chiozza. Throw in former five-star recruit Devin Robinson and quality veterans like Alex Murphy and Dorian Finney-Smith, and the Gators should still be relevant in the SEC.