One of last year's top running back prospects, Mike Blakely (5-9 193) of Bradenton, Fla., is back on the open market after getting a release from Florida.
Blakely enrolled at Florida in January but did not participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury. He decided he wanted to leave and was given a release by new Gators coach Will Muschamp. The release was announced Tuesday.
"Everyone at Florida has been very supportive of me in my time here and I'm thankful for the experience that I had, but I've made a decision to continue my college football career somewhere else,'' Blakely said in a release.
Contacted Tuesday afternoon, Blakely said he was not ready to answer any questions about his situation, but he did confirm that USC and Clemson were "possibilities" for him among the schools he will consider. Both recruited him before he narrowed his offer list of 33 to Florida and Auburn. He committed to the Gators last October.
In his last two seasons of high school, Blakely rushed for more than 2,400 yards and scored 42 touchdowns.
He is a former teammate of current Gamecock wide receiver Ace Sanders.
Blakely is the fourth player to leave Florida since Muschamp took over in January. Receivers Chris Dunkley and Javares McRoy transferred, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins was kicked off the team following a second arrest on a marijuana possession charge.