Posted by Chip Patterson
After being granted a full release from his scholarship, former Florida commit Mike Blakely will take his talents to SEC rival Auburn, according to local reports.
The four-star running back from Bradenton, FL originally committed to former Gators head coach Urban Meyer back in October, hoping to become the next Percy Harvin in Gainesville. Earlier this month, head coach Will Muschamp announced that Blakely had been granted a full release from his scholarship. The split was amicable, with Muschamp wishing him the best of luck.
Now Muschamp will get a chance to see how Blakely's career pans out out at Auburn. Before his commitment, the 5-9, 198 pound back had narrowed his selection down to the Gators and Tigers. Since he did not appear in a game with Florida, Blakely was free to transfer to another SEC school - though he will have to sit out the 2011 season according to NCAA rules.
Blakely had originally planned to participate in spring practice with the Gators, but missed all the workouts after undergoing unspecified shoulder surgery in late January.