I know you’re all wondering what exactly happened with Miami, Booker T. Washington teammates Lynden Trail and Quinton Dunbar. You know, I’m still trying to figure it all out myself.
Things all started Friday following Booker T.’s 35-28 upset of Miami, Northwestern. Shortly after the game, Trail, who Rivals.com rates as the 10th-best defensive end, and Dunbar, the No. 21 wide receiver, ran to the center of the field at Traz Powell Stadium and donned Gator gear. They then informed multiple media outlets that they were verbally committing to Florida.
Trail said Sunday that he called both Urban Meyer and cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford — who’s in charge of the South Florida recruiting — to tell them the two committed. Trail added that both coaches confirmed their commitments.
“I called Urban Meyer last night and coach Bedford,” Trail said. “Coach Bedford accepted our commitments.”
“The Gators were my first official scholarship offer. They saw potential in me before my junior season even ended. After two games they offered me a scholarship. Me and Urban Meyer have a close relationship and we’re always talking on the phone. The same is for coach Bedford and coach (Charlie) Strong.”
Dunbar wasn’t picking up his phone, but he replied “Yes,” when I asked him via text message if he had committed to Florida.
So Florida should have 17 verbals, right?
Not so fast.
A la James Louis, things have not officially been confirmed by the staff, a source close to Florida said Sunday.
Both might think they’re committed, but nothing can be done publicly until Florida coaches OK it.
Word is that the coaches have no problem accepting Trail, but aren’t ready to give Dunbar a spot. The problem Florida now faces is the possibility of losing Trail if Dunbar isn’t accepted.
Package deals can be problematic.
Regardless, Trail said that while Florida is his school, he’s still going to take visits and look at other schools. USC, Miami, Florida State, South Florida, Georgia and Florida International are all still in the running.
“My mother told me to keep my options open, even though I’m committed because she wants me to get out and see other things,” he said.
“There probably are a couple schools that’ll back off because I’m committed, but if a school really wants me, how they say they want me, they’ll continue to recruit me throughout this process and keep coming hard.”
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Trail had 22 sacks and two interceptions as a junior. Dunbar, who stands 6-3 and weighs 170 pounds, recorded 39 catches for 703 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.