Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Maxpreps top 100 defensive end Dante Fowler has been committed to Florida State since December of 2010. But an interview and photograph provided to the Gainesville Sun Friday show suggested that Florida Fowler plenty to think about.
"I don’t know where I’m going,” Fowler said following Thursday's in-home visit from Gator head coach Will Muschamp and four different Florida assistants. “Not yet. I need this week to think about it. It’s gonna be pretty hard. I’m making a decision that’s gonna stick with me for the rest of my life.”
The Gator coaches also brought along a prop for Fowler to try on, one which he did in this photo with his two brothers, "huge Florida fans":
“It felt real good to put on a Gator jersey,” Fowler told the Sun. “No. 6 is my favorite number. I never thought I’d put on a Gator jersey, so it was crazy. My brothers were real pumped.”
Despite the photo and comments, Sun writer Robbie Andrieu reported Friday afternoon that Fowler is now "100 percent committed" to Florida State and the Gators have "zero chance" of changing his mind.
Still, Florida State supporters may be on the nervous side given how hotly pursued Fowler has been. A 4.5 star recruit and the No. 44 player on the Maxpreps top 100, the 6'3", 235-pound end out of St. Petersburg, Fla. ranks as the No. 6 defensive end in the class. Tom Lemming writes about Fowler:
Here is a DE who will not stay blocked. Relentless, tough and aggressive, he has outstanding closing speed. He's a quarterback's nightmare ... exceptionally quick off the ball, has a remarkable first step which allows him to beat almost every defender he goes up against, shows a great motor, is relentless in pursuit, plays hard until the whistle, and has the frame to weigh 270 in college. A dynamic playmaker who comes off the edge better than any DE prospect in the country ... He needs to be double and sometimes triple-teamed at all times.
Fowler said he will announce his final decision on signing day on ESPNU. Florida currently ranks fourth in the Maxpreps list of the top 25 classes, with the Seminoles five sports behind in ninth; depending on the decisions made by other players, Fowler's choice could conceivably swing which of the two bitter Sunshine State rivals winds up the more highly-ranked class.