It looks like Florida could have another Nu’Keese Richardson situation on its hands.
If you don’t remember, Richardson was the standout receiver at Pahokee last year who had been committed to Florida for the longest time and appeared to be far from wavering. That was until then-Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin got a hold of him. Richardson ended up taking a late and surprising visit to Knoxville.
Come National Signing Day, Richardson fooled everyone by signing with the Vols.
The same thing could be happening with current Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson safety commit Demar Dorsey. Committed since October of 2008, Dorsey began wavering on his commitment to Florida over the summer. He’d tell people he was 65 percent committed to the Gators one week and then up it to 80 percent. After the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month, Dorsey said he was 95 percent committed to Florida, but he’d still take his official visits.
One of those visits was supposed to go to Tennessee, but after Kiffin left for USC, Dorsey decided he’d visit Michigan instead. He came back Sunday still committed to Florida and even said he wasn’t planning to decommit. But that might change now that he’s no longer officially visiting Florida.
Dorsey said he’d visit Florida State Jan. 22, then head to Gainesville on the 29th. Now, Kiffin and Co. will get to entertain Dorsey on the final weekend out in Southern Cal. Dorsey told Rivals.com Monday that he’s canceling his official visit to Florida and will instead visit USC, a school he said he’s been interested in since the summer. Considering the Richardson incident last year, this doesn’t bode well for the Gators.
“I really don’t know how they feel about it tell you the truth,” Dorsey told Rivals about how Florida’s staff is reacting to his visit plans. “The coaches that were recruiting me at Florida are gone. Coach (Billy) Gonzales, coach (Vance) Bedford and all of them left.”
“I consider myself committed to Florida, but things are still up in the air. Signing day is Feb. 3, so …”
Gotta love the recruiting game.
Florida’s staff still has a chance to make up any ground they might lose with Dorsey out in So. Cal by arranging an in-home visit with him.
But Florida has options. They are few in numbers, but there’s always a backup plan for situations like this. The staff had to be waiting for Dorsey to begin to dip even further in his commitment percentage. Maybe that’s why UF brought Tampa Leto safety Jeremy Deering on campus over the weekend. He’s a tremendous athlete who might have more of a future on offense, but if Dorsey were to jump ship, Deering is a guy that could fill his spot in this class.
Dorsey’s appeal is his tremendous speed and height. He’s 6-foot-1, 175 pounds and looked like a beast at the Under Armour game. Deering is already bigger at 6-2, 198. However, Deering doesn’t have the speed that Dorsey possesses.
Another option could be La Canada, Calif., St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley. He’s a long shot at this point, in my opinion. He was all about the Gators, but Matt Elam hurt the staff’s chances of going hard after another safety. After Elam decommitted, the Gators made a push for Riley and he scheduled an official, but that was canceled after Elam recommitted. This one will be tough, considering it looks like he’s just been a second option all year. But Riley is still uncommitted and there are two more weeks to get him on campus.