Earlier this afternoon, Rivals.com reported that Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson safety Demar Dorsey was officially taken off Florida’s commitment list. Just to confirm, a source informed me that Florida’s coaches are no longer pursuing Dorsey and that he is no longer committed to Florida. Dorsey did not return calls or text messages on Wednesday.
Dorsey’s drama-filled recruitment finally came to an end for UF, and it seems that Florida’s staff didn’t want to continue playing the game that he was so fond of. He never said that he was 100 percent committed to Florida and was always open about looking around and taking visits. With National Signing Day a week away, this is a case of the staff not wanting to get punked at the last minute, which is what it appeared Dorsey was about to do.
So, to be safe, expect interest in Tampa Leto safety Jeremy Deering to pick up considerably. He’s the last safety left on Florida’s board. There is going to be some chatter about La Canada, Calif., St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley getting into the mix, but I think that bridge was burned after he decided not to visit (or was advised not to visit) when Matt Elam recommitted to the Gators earlier this month.
There’s really not much left for Florida. Believe it or not, the Gators aren’t going to get everyone they want. But Deering is a great athlete who could play both sides of the ball, like Dorsey. If he stays on defense, he’ll be more of a raw athlete, but he could still be solid.
If the Gators want to replace Dorsey straight up, Deering could be the best (and only) option.