Fowler is Still a Wanted Man

Just because someone commits early to a program doesn't mean other college football coaches are going to give up recruiting said prospect. When you are as good as defensive end Dante Fowler, the top names in the country are going to try and get you to change your commitment. The St. Petersburg Lakewood defensive end is hearing from everyone these days and the Florida Gators are yelling loudest.

Dante Fowler is one of the premiere athletes in the 2012 recruiting class in the state of Florida. The defensive end plays with speed and explosion and is becoming one of the most sought after prospects in the entire nation.

This weekend, Fowler participated I the Badger Sport 7 on 7 tournament in Tampa and his Tampa team played very well throughout. He got to socialize with several guys he knew and knew about on a loaded Tampa team.

"It was fun and a blast getting to see some of the top players in the state of Florida and the nation," Fowler said Sunday after his team was finally eliminated. "We already knew each other. Every other day we are each in the newspaper."

The Tampa team had some real stars and one guy that really stood out to Fowler over the last few weeks in practice and the during the games over the weekend was Berkley Prep star Nelson Agholor. When asked who was the guy that surprised him the most? It was an easy answer for Fowler.

"Nelson," Fowler said emphatically. "Knowing that he came from Berkley Prep, people thought he looks good going against smaller guys. He can ball with anyone and he has earned his reputation."

Fowler is a good student and has already decided to play his college ball at Florida State. He gave several reasons for that decision including the thought of playing for defensive end coach D.J. Eliot.

"I chose Florida State because they are a good and up and coming program and are going to win a national championship," Fowler said. "Coach Eliot almost led the country in sacks in his first two years. I think he can get me where I want to be. I like his style and how energetic he is. I also want to study Criminology and they have the number one Criminology program in the nation."

He will probably hit Tallahassee next in the middle of next month.

"I will go up to Tallahassee April 18th and 19th for the NIKE camp and I like Tallahassee a lot," he said.

Fowler committed to Florida State back in early December, but that hasn't stopped big time programs from continuing to recruit him.

"My most recent offers were USC, LSU and Miami," Fowler said. "It is a blessing and I know there are others out here that don't get that many offers. I just try to stay humble and make the best of it."

The Florida Gators have been recruiting him as long as anyone, but there was a coaching change and even though the new staff hasn't known him for that length of time, they are really pushing the buttons hard to try and get Fowler to look at the Gators.

"They aren't going to give up," Fowler said with a smile. "Most of the time I talk to Coach (Derek) Lewis and Coach Muschamp. Coach Lewis will not give up, he's crazy. He's energetic and says ‘I will get you at Florida'. He tries to get me to come up there every day."

Fowler is planning on making a trip to Gainesville very soon. The Gators host a Junior day weekend and he will be in Gainesville with Gator commitment and running back Matt Jones from Seffner Armwood.

"I am probably going up there this weekend with Matt Jones," he said. "This weekend is going to be the first weekend of break so we are going to try and visit. He has been in my ear at every practice and all weekend."

The Gators have a few things going for them as well.

"Knowing that Coach Muschamp is a defensive minded coach and knowing that he came from Texas as the defensive coordinator, those are the reasons I am really looking at Florida," Fowler said. "They will also run the 3-4 and I can fit in that scheme because I am fast and versatile."

A bright kid with a great future, Dante Fowler will continue to be recruited by the biggest names in college football and we will continue to follow his recruitment.

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