It looks like Urban Meyer and his staff dodged a recruiting bullet.
Remember Barron Collier kicker Marvin Kloss? The place-kicker got a bit of attention when he wanted to walk-on to Florida’s football team. He was very close to getting his wish until UF’s admissions office didn’t accept him. With that, Kloss decided to walk-on at USF and compete for a starting job over the summer. He was originally offered a grayshirt by USF but thought he would have a better shot at playing with Florida.
Sunday, the Naples Daily News reported that Kloss was arrested on Friday along with another teammate after police said they stole around $8,200 from a home during a house party.
According to police reports, the victim told police several items were taken from her home between Feb. 26 and March 1, while she was out of town. Reports stated that a Nintendo Wii, an 18-karat gold bracelet, a watch and a camera were stolen.
Obviously the story is developing and more details could come out, but imagine if he was accepted by UF. Florida’s football program has seen 26 arrests during Meyer’s five-year tenure and to have a recruit fall into that category would ignite more Meyer bashing. Obviously Florida’s staff wouldn’t have shown as much interest in Kloss if this had happened before, but it would have been another distraction for Meyer to have to deal with concerning players and the law.
To Meyer’s credit, Florida’s 2010 class dodged a few other off-the-field bullets. There was Darlington, S.C., cornerback Victor Hampton, who verbally committed to Florida in February of 2009 while at Charlotte, N.C., Independence. Hampton later transferred to Darlington and off-the-field issues supposedly contributed to that. Last month, Hampton was arrested on a charge of underage drinking while at his high school. Hampton signed his Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina this fall.
Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson safety Demar Dorsey was a guy who only got attention because of his on-again, off-again feelings about his Florida commitment. Dorsey was finally let go by Florida’s staff just before National Signing Day. Initially, it was thought that his uneasy commitment was the reason for his departure, but soon his criminal past surfaced and he started to get a lot more attention. Word began to spread that his troubled past might have played a bigger part in him not making it into Florida’s class. According to court records in Broward County, Dorsey was charged with two felonies while in high school. He signed his LOI with Michigan and coach Rich Rodriguez has taken some heat for giving Dorsey a scholarship.
For a program that has taken a lot of criticism of late for the negative off-the-field attention it has gotten, Meyer did a good job of bringing in a host of commitments who have kept themselves out of trouble.