John Dunmore appeared ready to commit to Florida after the Orange and Blue Debut game, yet he was adamant he needed to talk to his family and sleep on it first.
But when Saturday morning arrived, Dunmore was ready to commit to the Gators.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) April 8, 2017
Dunmore, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver out of American Heritage-Delray (Delray Beach, Fl.), announced his verbal commitment to Florida, giving the Gators their third commitment in the span of 24 hours.
When asked Friday if he had committed to UF, Dunmore said he “wasn’t ready to speak on that.”
It appears that now, however, he’s ready to go public with his commitment.
“Florida just felt like home, I feel comfortable here. Not only for football, but academic wise too. Football is not going to last forever, so I know going here for academics it will take me farther in life.”
— Andrew Spivey (@AndrewSpiveyGC) April 8, 2017
Dunmore said the possibility of early playing time is a significant factor in his commitment, and witnessing the Gators involve multiple freshman last season in the passing game was all he needed to see.
“I see myself playing early here,” Dunmore said. “Florida is definitely the main one in the picture. West Virginia is still in there.”
One constant factor in Dunmore’s recruitment has been coach Ja’Juan Seider.
Now on Florida’s staff as the team’s running backs coach, Seider has kept in touch with Dunmore throughout his recruitment, and the relationship helped land is verbal commitment.
“Same thing here, he’s been on me,” Dunmore said of Seider. “He’s a good coach, he treats me like I’m family.”
Dunmore said that in the end, the proximity to home and his family’s blessing was too much to ignore.
“I’ve seen the things I needed to see off-the-field,” Dunmore said. “Home, academic-wise, it’s close to home. I know my family loves it, I love it. I know I can come here and compete and I’m going to start.”
— Jdsunn__ 📍 (@JohnDunmore2) April 8, 2017
Update: Article was revised to show Dunmore now attends American Heritage-Delray in Delray Beach. He transferred from Cardinal Gibbons on Mar. 29. H/T Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein).