The Long Snapper (1/28/10)


The rumors were true in part.

Demar Dorsey

is no longer a part of


2010 recruiting class.  The Gators and Dorsey have parted ways.  It doesn’t appear as if the defensive back has committed to


or if he’ll end up at


, but there are very slim odds he’ll be a Gator in the end.  The common belief is that the Florida coaching staff wanted Dorsey to give his commitment 100% to the Gators by not taking his final few visits.  He wouldn’t do so and both have agreed to move on.  Smart move by Florida to part ways with a player it looked like they were destined to lose much closer to National Signing Day anyway.  Dorsey is a big talent and would be a welcome addition to the class, but he has also been someone rumored to be headed somewhere else for quite some time.  As One Eyed Willy recently mentioned to me, Dorsey seemed very pro-Gator at the Under Armour All-American Game and then a week later when

Matt Elam

recommitted to Florida, not so much.  Hmm.

On that note, Tampa’s Michael McFarland will no longer be asked to grayshirt for the 2010 season.  With the spot in the class occupied by Dorsey, McFarland was expected to stay in Tampa for the fall and not join the Gators until the spring semester of 2011.  With that spot back open, McFarland was contacted by Florida coaches and asked to join the rest of the 2010 recruiting class and head up to Gainesville this summer.  Good news for a kid at a position where the Gators can use all the depth they can get their hands on.  I’m also guessing Auburn upping their pursuit of McFarland had at least something to do with coaches dropping the grayshirt request.

So how does this class of classes end for the Gators?  Your guess is as good as mine, but Seantrel Henderson, Jordan Hicks, and James Louis seem all but gone.  There’s still a chance with each, but if you believe all you’ve read recently, they all seem headed elsewhere.  The names you’ll hear the most are Adrian Coxson, Chaz Green, and Christian Jones.  Coxson and Green seem likely Gators.  Jones a little less such, but definitely someone who is thinking hard about it.  However Florida ends, this is truly a legendary class.

Former Jefferson (Tampa, FL) and FSU starting offensive lineman Daron Rose will not end up at USF after all.  Rose – a highly sought-after recruit years ago – had planned on spending his final year (if you can call it that, he will be suspended for the first three games of the season wherever he ends up) with the Bulls.  Now with the coaching change, who knows?  USF is out for Rose and, let’s be honest, so is any real hope to salvage a football career at this point.

I know, I know.  This is the third mention of FSU in today’s column.  Not something most around these parts want.  But this is for good reason.  Myron Rolle is back.  The Seminoles safety turned Rhodes Scholar.  If you want someone your kids can look up to, look no further.  Rolle is at the Senior Bowl this week where he’s trying to convince NFL scouts a year off didn’t affect his ability to play the game.  I’m sure he’ll be a welcome addition to whichever team he ends up with.