FSU commit plans more UF visits


Dante Fowler

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Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.

After spending some time at Florida State’s camp earlier this week, top-ranked defensive end, and Florida State commit, Dante Fowler made his way to the Gators’ annual Friday Night Lights at Florida Field.

But he made sure to note nothing regarding his verbal commitment has changed.

“I’m solidly committed,” Fowler said Friday.

Yet, it does not appear that the door is completely closed for the Gators.

“I’m taking my official visits,” Fowler said. “Florida, Florida State, Miami and USC – but I don't know what my last one will be. I may not even take five. I might just take four.”

Even more telling, his official visit is not the next time the 6-foot-3, 245-pound St. Petersburg native plans to be in The Swamp.

“I’m probably going to come back up here when (the Gators) play Alabama,” Fowler said.

That being said, Fowler claimed his participation at Friday Night Lights was more about family and wrapping up this chapter in his life.

“This was the last camp of my high school football career,” Fowler said. “My brother was out here, so it was fun for him to compete. It was fun and I just wanted to talk to the coaches.”

Florida’s coaching staff also took the opportunity to let him know they’re not ready to give up, he said.

“They were saying they want me and I’m a ‘beast’ and all that,” Fowler said.

New UF head coach Will Muschamp made sure Fowler knew the interest came from the top.

“He was saying he wants me and how good I’m doing and keep up the good work,” Fowler said.

Fowler, who injured his shoulder in Lakewood’s spring game against Lakeland, surprised many by working out both in Tallahassee and Gainesville this week.

“I’m just having fun, competing,” he said. “I had a real good time at both, Florida State was fun, Tallahassee was fun. Florida was fun.

“Just out here having a good time with the coaches.”

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