Jabari Gorman Piling On the Offers

The Florida Gators recently offered Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace defensive back Jabari Gorman, but they are in a long line of teams that already did just that. Gorman will play both ways for Pace in 2010 and is busy this spring preparing for both sides of the ball. As well as juggling recruiting. Three national powers sit atop his list and a recent Gator offer could help put a fourth on top.

Jabari Gorman will be playing receiver and safety for his Miami Monsignor Pace team this fall, but most teams are recruiting him to play on defense. At 5-11 and 180 pounds, he has ideal size to play at the next level and because of that he is up to 31 scholarship offers before he ever enters his senior season. For the month of May, he is most content on helping his team get better.

"It's going real well," Gorman said of spring practice which started last week. "The team is coming around and everything is going real well."

There are areas that he knows he has improved and a lot of that comes with being on the field so much playing both sides of the ball.

"I have better technique now," he said. "I am just so active with the offense and defense, so I am getting better everywhere."

Most of the schools that are recruiting Gorman hard want him on defense, but some are offering up the chance to play on both sides of the ball just like he does in high school.

"Just about all of them are recruiting me as a DB and some say both," he said. "They say DB so they could play me (at safety or corner). I just want to be on the field, I will play anywhere really."

Schools from the far west like Stanford have offered Gorman already and the number is huge, but as of now, three stand out.

"The schools that I have been talking to more than any of the others is Ohio State, LSU, and Miami," he said.

He proceeded to talk about those three.

Ohio State: "It is just comfortable there. The people show you love and they have a good coaching staff. The facilities are crazy...things you just don't see down here in Miami. It is just a different experience and it kind of drew me into them."

LSU: "They just came into the picture. I just talked to the coaches and they love me. You want to be at a school where you are wanted at the most. They have big time players and you want to be a part of that if you want to be something."

Miami: "I live in Miami and it is a school I was able to watch whenever I wanted to. I am good with Coach Shannon, Coach Hill, and Coach McGriff. I have a lot of friends that play for the 'U'. They tell me how much they like playing there. I went down there myself and enjoyed it, just watching practice. I think they would get me ready for the next level."

Florida is a little later than some offering Gorman. He actually camped at Florida last year at Friday Night Lights and even before that. He also participated in Billy Donovan's basketball camp on the UF campus, so he is really familiar with the Gators. The new offer from Florida will certainly make him look at the Gators.

"Florida offered at the beginning of this week," he said on Thursday. "They gave me a new outlook for another school, because I didn't know they were interested. My coach came up and told me they offered and now they are giving me something to think about since they showed interest."

Gorman actually understands the time constraints the Gators were under replacing some coaches including the one from the Florida staff. that was recruiting him a year ago.

"I think the coaches just had to adjust, because in my sophomore year I was going back and forth to Florida and Coach Vance Bedford and I had established a relationship," he said. "He ended up leaving and I guess the new coach hasn't been able to come by and see who I am. I guess once he can see who I am we can start building that relationship up."

"I haven't talked to Coach Drayton, but after he comes down here I am sure he and I will have a good talk."

The Gators have a commitment from one cornerback in the class of 2010, they are looking for at least one more. With two likely heading out after the season, there will be a big need for the position. That coincides with what Gorman is looking for in a program.

"I am looking for playing time as a true freshman," he said. "I don't think I will be happy if I am not playing, I won't be satisfied."

With planned visits to Miami, LSU, and Alabama camps among others this summer, Gorman is likely to add more and more offers and his choice may become more difficult. We will be in touch as he approaches that choice.

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