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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Florida defensive lineman Chris McClellan to enter Transfer Portal

Sophomore lineman was former Top 100 recruit

<p>Austin Simmons flipped his commitment to Ole Miss Saturday, June 17, 2023. </p>

Austin Simmons flipped his commitment to Ole Miss Saturday, June 17, 2023.

Florida sophomore defensive lineman Chris McClellan will be entering the Transfer Portal he announced on social media Sunday.

“I want to express my gratitude to the Gator Nation for embracing a young person from Oklahoma who will continue to pursue his dreams,” McClellan said in a statement. “With love, 7 out.”

McClellan was one of the gems in UF head coach Billy Napier’s first recruiting class. The Owasso, Oklahoma, product was a four-star recruit in the 90th ranked player per 247Sports in the 2022 class. 

He was the Gators’ second-highest ranked player in the class behind safety Kamari Wilson, who is also expected to transfer.

McClellan is the latest player expected to leave the program and the second defensive lineman. Freshman Will Norman was reported to be entering the portal Wednesday.

The transfers came on the heels of staff changes at Florida. Defensive line coach Sean Spencer was let go after two seasons in Gainesville.

Florida previously received a boost on the defensive front. Junior defensive lineman Cam Jackson, who could have declared for the NFL Draft, decided to return to the Gators for a second season.

UF also has a handful of promising defensive line prospects in the 2024 recruiting class. Five-star LJ McCray headlines the group, and top-50 prospect Amaris Williams will also add depth to the Gators’ defensive front. 

Contact Topher Adams at tadams@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @Topher_Adams.

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Topher Adams

Topher Adams is a fourth-year communications major and in his fourth semester with the Alligator. He previously covered football, baseball and women's basketball. He also enjoys professional lacrosse and Major League Soccer.


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