SIGNEE SPOTLIGHT: Urban sealed the deal for Munroe

Miami Coral Reef Senior High safety Dorian Munroe made plenty of big plays that drew ooooh's and aaaah's from the crowd throughout his 6-A career in South Florida, but on National Signing Day, the only sound heard was that of the Gator fans cheer's as UF landed the standout defensive back.

While The Swamp and the city of Gainesville all played a role in selling the orange and blue to the four-star rated defensive back by Scout.com, it was the addition of Coach Urban Meyer that sealed the deal for Munroe to play in Gator Country.

"Basically for me, Coach Urban Meyer because he really influenced me and made my decision easy," Munroe said. "When I sat down with him, I got that gut feeling that Florida is where I want to be."

While the ink hit the letter of intent on Feb. 2, it was a Gator Country update that had coaches and fans alike sweating it out. However, Munroe said it impressed him even more that no matter what he decided, he had the support of the coaching staff.

"The coaches told me that they would like me no matter where I go and that they'd like for me to be a Gator and they just wanted me to make the right decision," Munroe said.

With the impact of freshman Adrian Peterson this year, this year's college football recruiting season was highlighted by the move for right away playing time. A confident Munroe remained humble as to his immediate impact, but left the door open for some fireworks.

"Since there is a new coaching staff, everybody is starting off with a clean slate and I'm going to work hard and show them what I can do," he said. "If the coaches think I'm not ready, I have no problem redshirting and backing up my first year, but if I'm ready I look forward to starting my first year in The Swamp."

Many recruits spend their first year hitting the weight room hoping to bulk up, and this year has proven to be no exception. New strength and condition director Mickey Marotti has already sent out his information to recruits.

"Coach Marotti mailed me the workout plan that includes lifting, speed training and agility plan," Munroe said. "As a matter of fact, I just finished my first day today and I'm working on my weight and speed real hard so I can be ready to play."

Munroe comes from a strong academic background. His father is a doctor and his high school, Coral Reef, is a magnet school that features several academies in which students can excel.

"I'm thinking maybe business management, because when I grow up, I'd like to be a financial advisor to athletes and stuff, but I'm pretty much wide open right now," he said.

Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is one experience that all recruits get to mildly experience on their official visit, but for Dorian Munroe, the real thing is something he can't wait for.

"It's ranked the number one loudest stadium in college football and the fans are right on top of the players," Munroe said. "They said that when you run through the tunnel they are so close and it gets hot and you can feel the heat. When I went on my visit I got to run out with the music that they play and it was amazing."

Munroe could only be expecting the 90,000 plus that will be awaiting him on September 3 against Wyoming.

"There were only about 100 people there when I ran out of the tunnel so I can imagine 95,000 people going insane," he said.

When probed for a message to give to all of Gator nation, Munroe was driven, focus and pumped up.

"Get ready for a hard worker that is going to give a 100 percent every play and will live and die for the team and will love my teammates," he said. "I love the fans, love the town and I want to bring a National Championship back to Gainesville. One would be nice, but two would be even better."


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