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FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 6:43 pm

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.


Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:03 pm

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

As a matter of practice, a parent or legal guardian should be required to attend all official visitations. Everyone can pooh pooh this notion and that is your right. The best partying and financial experience is not the reason to choose a school as most of these kids are not going on to play professional sports. The parents and legal guardians need to guide their children to programs that offer the best all around academic and sporting experience. Parents should care about graduation rates, employment statistics six months after graduation and the like.

The NCAA has totally failed the kids in this process by not requiring parental supervision during visits. Many will say that the kids will be there on their own in a few months anyway so they need to get used to it. The flaw is that they are not getting the real "college experience" during the visits and as such, the expectations are being communicated to the athletes of a party atmosphere only. When the kids get there, the atmosphere changes and many can't handle the realities of college. Only the few superstars get preferrential treatment and don't have to attend classes. Oh, and the cars that come to these kids? The NCAA again is doing the kids a disservice. The NCAA needs to go.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:19 am

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Come on SportLawAnalyst--Are you trying to tell us that all these kids get their pick of whores when they go on all these recruiting visits.  That is pure nonsense, and you really should not be making stuff up and dropping names to make yourself have more credibility on this site.  I am not saying that these kids don't hook up on occasion, but that is not a real part of the process.  Quite often, the kids have a parent with them.  Are the schools hooking up dad also?  How about mom, does she get a couple of hours with a football player from the school.  What nonsense!

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:49 am

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Dante Fowler is the typical high level high school football recruit that is encountering all of the bells and whistles as well as pretty girls a prospective top 100 prospect now lives and breathes with every recruiting visit.  It is not unusual for a high school football player to have positive experiences at many universities.  Ask any pro player or former top 100 recruit and they will tell you about the lavish treatment and the pick a girl of your choosing for your visit.  It has been going opn for yerars and the University of Miami's recent prostitution transgressions is a prime example.  It is not the  exception but the norm for a high school recurit like Fowler to come back smiling from his trip with a new perspective on possible places to play collegiate football.

Many people might think that I am a Florida Gator fan but I am actually an FSU law school graduate that is a former college athlete so I understand the ins and outs of collegiate recruiting and definitely what transpires at major Florida universities.  It is unfortunate that prior collegiate stars and p[layers that have gone on to professional careers do not talk about their recruiting trips as they all come back smiling.  All any adult can hope for with a highly touted recruit is that he picks the school that will best service what is in his best interests.  When one speaks of best interests it comes down to playing time, specialization and coaching at his position, p[rospective academic programs and success, and what is in the best interest of his family.  I sincerely believe that FSU provides the best defensive prospects for Fowler based on the recent success of the defense and the direction of FSU's program.  FSU has a history of developing defensive linemen and more specifically high caliber defensive ends that have had NFL success.  The University of Florida is rebuilding and its defense is in shambles with no definitive direction as they looked lost last year and the coordinator remains the same.  At the same time FSU's defense has been stellar.  Granted I have former   high school classmates Cris Collinsworth and Wilbur Marshall who had great success at Florida in the 1980s but the momentum at UF is gone after Urban Myer's departure while FSU's football program is on the rise.  Fowler will have more opportunities at FSU as well as the better coaching and opportunities to excel.  My apologies to former classmate Jon Bostic(Detroit Lion) who's son is a UF linebacker but FSU is the better place for Fowler.  That is unless that hot blond he had over the weekend swings it UF's way.  Yes, I have heard the recruiting trip stories first hand.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 10:39 pm

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Agreed akr2.  One program is on the rise, the other is in the crapper.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:27 pm

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Gainesville or Tallahassee is a no-brainer.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:24 pm

FSU DE commit Fowler dons Gators jersey in visit

Ok he just lost my respect we dont need a recruit like that. Go play for Florida... see how far you get, we have too much skill at the DE position anyways, you wouldnt get any playing time at FSU.

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