RECRUITING: Morley remains firm to Tennessee

When's nationally number three rated cornerback Demetrice Morely hosted an in-home visit by University of Florida coaches Tuesday night, it was a get-acquainted type meeting for two of the Gator coaches. Morley already knew coaches Mike Locksley and Charlie Strong. It was the first time he had met head coach Urban Meyer and assistant coach Chuck Heater.

The Miami Killian (FL) senior just finished the season with a state championship in Gainesville, Florida. In recapping the meeting with the Florida coaches, Morley didn't come off as overly impressed with Meyer nor was he particularly talkative about the meeting. Talkative in previous conversations, he was rather abrupt with his answers this time.

"The only guys I knew were Coach Strong and Coach Locksley, the other guys I didn't know," he said.

We had to ask, was Coach Meyer there?

"Yes he was," came the quick reply, but there were no details forthcoming.

Asked to give a synopsis of the conversation in general, Morley avoided going into specifics or much detail.

"It was just a regular meeting," he said. "They wanted to see if I had some interest in the Gators. They were just trying to get me talking to them any way possible and trying to get me to understand why the things went wrong. They said they are going to bring the program back up and they want me to be a big part of the program."

His tone indicated he wasn't particularly happy talking with the Gator coaches, so we asked his impressions about the new head coach.

"I don't know, because I didn't really know the head coach like that," said Demetrice Morley. "Me and Coach (Ron) Zook, we had a special bond. Coach Meyer, I don't really know him at all, I just know he is from Utah, that's it."

Morley, who committed to Florida in the summer only to decommit in October, is now committed to the University of Tennessee. He indicated that he no longer has any interest in any other schools.

"I don't plan on taking any visits," he said. "No, I'm not talking to any other schools; I am just focused on Tennessee."

Toward the end of the conversation, he talked again about the tie he had with the previous staff, only to once again talk about how he has no connection Meyer or the new coaches he's brought in at Florida.

"Coach Strong and Coach Locksley, they are great coaches," he said. "I learned from them a lot because I am closest to them. The other coaches, I didn't know them at all."

Morley was one of a handful of Gator commitments in the middle of the summer when he and four others made said yes to Zook on the same night after the Rising Seniors Camp in July. He is an intelligent and outgoing kid, but seemed very elusive on Wednesday night. Apparently, this is one that got away as Morley seems to have eluded the Gators' grasp.

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