Gorman talks Louisville offer

Jabari Gorman is one of the top emerging prospects in Miami, Fla. Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford developed a strong relationship with the talented cornerback while at Florida and the Cardinals recently sent an offer. What does Gorman think about Louisville's offer?

Jabari Gorman is one of the top cornerbacks in the state of Florida.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Miami (FL) Pace standout has been collecting some impressive offers this spring. Ohio State recently sent an offer and Miami, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida State have offered.

Louisville's new defensive coordinator, Vance Bedford, became aware of Gorman while at Florida, where Gorman camped last summer. Louisville offered Gorman last week and he said he's developed a strong relationship with Bedford.

"It's good because Coach Bedford is one of my [favorite] coaches," Gorman said. "I didn't get a chance to talk to him last week but I'm expecting to this week. He inspired me to go to Florida for a lot of visits but unfortunately he's not there anymore. But he's still a good coach. He taught me a lot when I was at camp and we built up a relationships."

That relationship could be important for the Cardinals as Gorman's process moves forward in the coming months. With several opportunities to stay in Florida to play college football, Gorman says he's open to the possibility of leaving the state after graduation.

"To me it really doesn't matter as long as I feel at home," Gorman said.

Gorman has some familiarity with Louisville. His friend, and former high school basketball teammate, Rakeem Buckles, is currently a freshman at Louisville for Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

"He was one of my closest friends," Gorman said. "I played on the state championship team with him. I know they've got a good basketball team but I don't know much about their football program."

Gorman is interested in Louisville because of his relationship with Bedford and respect for head coach Charlie Strong. He said he'd like to visit Louisville this spring but didn't know if he'd be able to because of economic considerations.

"He seems very aggressive and like he knows exactly what he wants," Gorman said of Strong. "He has what it takes to become one of the great coaches at Louisville."

Louisville, like most every other school that has offered, envisions Gorman at defensive back at the next level.

"My junior year went OK but not what I wanted it to be," Gorman said. "I had too many injuries that held me back. I had to miss practices and about three games. I had a high ankle sprain. I still had some pretty good stats. I had over 500 yards rushing and receiving. I think I had over 70 tackles. I did pretty good, but the injury hurt."

Gorman thinks he could excel as a cornerback in college.

"My strength is reading receivers and flying to the ball," Gorman said. "I'm going to work on getting bigger and strong, and faster. And becoming a better leader."


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