Flashy Floridian likes UT

In the wacky world of football recruiting, rumor sometimes gets reported as fact. Apparently, this was the case for a young man who supposedly was committed to the Southern Cal Trojans.

''I don't know where the rumors started that I was committed to USC but they are not true, defensive back Dorian Monroe told Charles Fishbein of TheTerritory.org. ''Right now they are not even one of my top schools, I like N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Miami, USF (South Florida), Tennessee and FSU.''

Monroe is a 6-1, 185-pound junior safety from Miami's Coral Reef High School. Although he likes the hometown Hurricanes, he also is partial to their heated in-state rivals from Tallahassee.

''I liked FSU the most (growing up),'' he said. ''Right now if I had to choose, though, it would be a tough choice between them and Miami.''

Monroe was voted first-team All-Dade County and third-team All-State as a junior last season. It's another accomplishment, however, that fills him with the most pride.

''I led the county in interceptions this past year,'' he said. ''Now I want to lead the state in that same category this year.''

Asked what is the strongest aspect of his game, Monroe replied: ''I think about myself as a student of the game, I can't watch enough film to see what other teams will try and do to our defense.''

Knowing the importance of speed at the college level, he hopes to improve his quickness in the months ahead.

''If I can improve that part of my game,'' he said, ''then I would be a more complete player.''

Tennessee is looking hard at secondary prospects these days. Four of the Vols' top five defensive backs in 2003 -- Gibril Wilson, Rashad Baker, Jabari Greer and Mark Jones -- are out of eligilibity.


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