Four-star safety Gorman commits to UF
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Will Muschamp grabbed his first commitment as Florida's new coach Wednesday.
After officially visiting Florida in December and meeting with the Gators new coach, Miami Monsignor Pace safety Jabari Gorman decided Florida is the place for him.
"I felt comfortable there and it's close (to home)," said Gorman, who made his announcement official during the Under Armour All-America Game. "It's a good opportunity to come in and be a part of a new program."
Gorman becomes Florida's 16th verbal commitment of the 2011 recruiting class and the fifth defensive back.
Gorman first spoke with Muschamp the night he was hired. Gorman was on his official visit to Florida when Muschamp talked to him and other visiting prospects on a conference call. Shortly after Muschamp arrived in Gainesville, he made a trip to see Gorman in person.
"You want to be a part of a coach whose interest is you," Gorman said of Muschamp. "That's how I felt about it and I liked that he came the next day (after he was hired) to come see me."
Gorman, whom Rivals.com rates as a four-star prospect and the 10th best safety prospect in the country, said he had been interested in Florida since his freshman year of high school and grew very close to former coach Urban Meyer. One thing that made him even more comfortable with Florida was how Meyer supported Muschamp's hire.
"Coach Meyer, he really gave me fatherly advice and pretty much stuck with me until the end of the day," he said. "I felt like he really wanted me to be a part of his program. Him and Coach Muschamp have the same ideas, so it's like he's not leaving."
Gorman, who picked Florida over Ohio State and Miami, told The Gainesville Sun earlier this week he would still like to meet new Miami coach Al Golden and could officially visit Miami before National Signing Day. Gorman said he hopes Wednesday's announcement is his last, but there could be a change if he does take his Miami official.
"I still have until Feb. 2, to make a final decision," Gorman said.
Still, Gorman hopes Wednesday's announcement is something he and his family enjoy for many years. He had the game taped back home and plans to keep it running as long as he can.
"I'm going to watch it, too, when I get home," he said. "This is a great feeling to be out here. I'm truly blessed to be out here. I strive to be the best and I finally made it to this level and I'm just going to keep going further."