"We are encouraging Dane to take his visits," Harietta said. "Now colleges just fire and hire coaches and when kids get caught up in that they can't do anything about it."
"Coaches come in with new offenses and different philosophies," she added. "We went to the spring game, and Dane was working with the first team. They only threw the ball to him once. They won't be using the tight ends at Florida like they were going to be when Dane was recruited there.
"He really liked the new coaches and was very happy in Gainesville, but I think the spring game was an eye opener."
Guthrie enrolled at Florida as a 6-2, 224-pound tight end from Miami (FL) Killian High School. Originally committed to the University of Miami, Guthrie surprisingly inked with the Gators on signing day, spurning family ties (his father attended Miami) to play for Florida.
Last summer he impressed the Florida coaches so much that he was running at first team during workouts before a lingering ankle injury hampered his season. Rather than waste a year of eligibility, the Florida staff elected to use the year for a redshirt.
After a year in the weight room Guthrie has added 33 pounds to his impressive frame and currently stands 6-3, 257-pounds. This month he asked and received a release from the University of Florida. According to NCAA rules, if Guthrie transfers to a Division I program he will have to sit out a year which would leave him with three years of remaining eligibility because he has already redshirted.
His mother informed Pack Pride that he has already taken two visits and could either decide now or take another visit before making a decision.
"He's already visited North Carolina State and Arizona State," Harietta said. "He went to Arizona State last week and visited NC State on Friday for the weekend.
"I just don't know if he's ready to make a decision or not. He may be wanting to take another visit or two, but he's handling all of that with his father and his brother."
There are a couple of interesting connections that link Guthrie with possibly attending NC State. Close friend and former high school teammate Bobby Washington is competing for the starting running back position at NC State and new Wolfpack wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon served as inside receivers/tight ends coach at Florida during Guthrie's freshman season.
"Yes, Bobby [Washington] is there and his old tight ends coach at Florida is too," Harietta said. "I think Dane likes that."
Guthrie will likely be making a decision in the near future on his next destination as college practices begin within the next two weeks.
It is believed by most that Guthrie will either attend NC State or Arizona State. Both programs should have plenty of playing time available although the Wolfpack may have more. NC State's top two tight ends, T.J. Williams and John Richter, are both seniors while Arizona State's star tight end Zach Miller will be a true sophomore in 2005.
Dane Guthrie releases on a route in pass-skell drills during a 2004 summer practice.
Guthrie prepares to get in his stance.