Orta waiting on father; still likes CU

Just weeks after he committed, Lowndes High School defensive back Geraldo Orta decided to go back on the pledge to Clemson for a variety of reasons.

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It was June 5 and it felt right.

Geraldo Orta joined Clemson's 2011 recruiting class as a cornerback—the second Tiger commitment that day.

However less than a month later, he changed his mind. While this may sound like the norm in the crazy world of college football recruiting, Geraldo Orta's decision perhaps runs a little bit depper.

"Most of all it was because my dad is not here with me," Orta recently told CUTigers. "He's getting out of prison sometime this month and I just want him to be there with me when I sign and when I chose my college."

Orta, the No. 77 saefty in the nation according to Scout.com who is also rated three stars, delivered the word to tight ends and offensive tackles coach Danny Pearman, who oversees his recruitment.

"He just told me to make sure that I chose the right school. He told me that Clemson is going to be there for me," Orta said. "I explained to him that I don't really want to worry about college right now because I have another year in high school and I think we can win the state championship this year.

"He said that was a good idea. I like coach Pearman a lot."

Along with Clemson, he has several options to choose from.

"Clemson is first, anyway. Then you have Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State and probably Louisville. Wake Forest is in there, too," Orta said.

Following the trip to Clemson when he committed, Orta visited Mississippi State and South Florida.

"I liked Mississippi State. I liked the campus, coaches and all," he said.

Orta plans to take his time with the remainder of his recruitment. Official visits, which he does plan to take, won't come until after his football season is over.

Not all five officials have been decided upon, but he does have a pretty good idea of where he'd like to go.

"Right now, I know it would be Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, Wake Forest and I don't know where else," Orta said.

The rest of the process is going to be deliberate.

"I want to weigh out all of my options because I don't want to make the wrong decision of going to the wrong college," he said. "I just want to make sure that I make the right decision."

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