Committed, but still looking.
Such a popular term in the recruiting world. Kids commit to a school far too early, and then when they start thinking about what they could be missing out on elsewhere, weigh their options.
Question after question after question arises and then you have conflict between prospects and schools – and of course fans. But honestly, in the end it’s all about what the prospect wants. Seeing the world outside of the bubble of your life is an amazing opportunity, so I say take as many visits as you want. I’m not necessarily a fan of committing and then taking visits, but whatever makes a teenager happy is his business.
Which leads me to Lauderdale Lakes, Boyd Anderson cornerback Demar Dorsey. Dorsey was the fourth commitment for the Gators in the 2010 class and when he pledged last fall. He said the Gators were the overwhelming favorite from the beginning.
“Since I was little I would always tell my mom, ‘Mom, I’m gonna be a Gator because I’ve always been a Gator fan and I wish I could go to the Gators,’ ” Dorsey told The Sun back in October. “I knew they were going to offer me since my 10th grade year, so I was like, if Florida offers me I’m gonna take it.”
Of course, things have changed since then. Dorsey said during the spring that he was starting to worry about the depth in Florida’s secondary and that it may affect his commitment status. The Gators have since received four commitments from defensive backs and Dorsey now considers himself a “soft” verbal to Florida.
But Dorsey said this week that he’s still committed to Florida and that the bodies in the secondary aren’t an issue. He just wants to make sure Florida is the right place for him.
“I really don’t have any worries (about Florida’s depth chart) right now. I’m just keeping my options open just in case anything goes wrong,” he said.
“The guys they got right now are probably good enough to leave before their senior year, so (the depth chart) doesn’t really mean all that much.”
Dorsey said he spoke with coach Urban Meyer, receivers coach Billy Gonzales and cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford earlier in the week and most of the their conversations revolved around him being ready for when he gets on campus. The roster wasn’t mentioned much, but Dorsey did say that each coach assured him that they are aware of the skills he possesses and that he shouldn’t worry about the other defenders in his class or from past classes.
Dorsey said he’s looking at USC, Tennessee and West Virginia and plans to camp at each school this summer. He’s also expected in Gainesville for Friday Night Lights later this month.
The interesting thing about Dorsey’s decision to look around is that he is adamant that Florida’s depth chart is a non-issue. In fact, when asked how he felt after the Gators got a handful of pledges after his commitment, he said he actually felt even more proud to be a Gator.
“It didn’t push me away. It made me feel like Florida must be a great place if everybody that talks to Florida is committing there,” he said.
Dorsey said he’s even been recruiting a little bit for Florida. Most notably, he’s gotten into the ear of Miramar receiver Ivan McCartney, whom Rivals.com ranks as the eighth-best receiver in this year’s class.
If Dorsey were to decommit from Florida, he said he would do so before his high school season starts, but made it clear that he hasn’t made any headway in that decision.