Florida Football: The Decommitment of 4-Star WR Rodney Adams Isn't Surprising

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 15, 2012

St. Petersburg (Lakewood) WR Rodney Adams / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
St. Petersburg (Lakewood) WR Rodney Adams / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Rodney Adams' status as a commitment to the Florida Gators was in doubt earlier this month. Now, the doubt has been removed.

Adams, a 4-star wide receiver from St. Petersburg, Fla., has decommitted from the Florida Gators, according to Derek Tyson of ESPN.com.

He is ranked as the No. 22 wide receiver in the country, according to 247Sports.com, and the No. 28 prospect in the State of Florida.

On paper, the loss of Adams is big. Anytime you lose a 4-star recruit, that's bad news.

But in Adams' case, this shouldn't come as a shock.

The 6'1", 174-pounder reopened his recruitment shortly after former Gator wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill abruptly resigned from his post with the Gators in early August. His commitment was in doubt ever since.

Hill officially resigned due to personal reasons, but it was likely due, in part, to his involvement in the Nevin Shaprio scandal from his time on the Miami (Fla.) staff.

Adams has also been dealing with some medical issues and missed some practices this month due to a heart condition, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He holds offers from West Virginia, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, South Florida and several other schools. Expect the Mountaineers to be a big player in his recruitment going forward.

Adams' decision leaves the Gators with 19 commitments in the Class of 2013, including wide receivers Ahmad Fulwood, Chris Thompson and Marqui Hawkins.