September 12, 2010

Gorman had to keep tabs on two favorites

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Ohio State's official visit list for this weekend's game missed one key player out of the class of 2011 when Miami (Fla.) defensive back Jabari Gorman had to change his plans and postpone a visit to Columbus to check out the Buckeyes. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound safety made a trip to Columbus (Ohio) in the spring to check out Ohio State's Spring Game and had high hopes of making to the Bucks and Canes game.

But plans didn't allow that to happen and to make matters even worse Gorman has not had a chance to see the game or even really know too many details about it in the first place.

"I didn't get to watch the game but I had friends giving me update about what was going on with the game," Gorman said. "They were just telling me about big plays and the scores and things like that."

The Buckeyes behind four interceptions were too much for his hometown Canes and came away with a 36-24 win in front of a sellout crowd at Ohio Stadium. Another Florida to Ohio transplant, Chimdi Chekwa had two of the four picks and fellow Floridian Brian Rolle had a big game from the middle linebacker spot.

Gorman is planning on making a return visit to Columbus later in the process but it was difficult missing a game between his hometown school and another one of the colleges that he is seriously considering attending.

"Yeah, it was tough." Gorman said. "I haven't really had a chance to talk to anyone yet about the game but I expect people to start calling me tonight and tomorrow to about it."

The four star defensive back holds a who's who offer list but has narrowed the list down to just a few schools and has been pretty steady with his short list of schools for some time now.

"There really are only three at this point with Miami, Ohio State and Alabama," Gorman said. "I really haven't been talking with that many other schools but I did get a call from one of the coaches at North Carolina recently but I haven't talked to him in a while either."

Gorman took a little time to break down each of his three favorites

Alabama: The coaching staff there is great and they have one of the best coaching staffs in college football right now. The thing with them is when I was there I was getting coached up by coach (Nick) Saban and he actually liked what I was doing and that opened my eyes. In the future I could be playing for this coach and imagine if he likes me now (what the future could hold) in getting coached up by him down the line more than just a couple of days.

Miami: Miami is starting to return to its tradition as far as all of the good times and when all of the guys from Miami would commit there. The thing with them I like is that they don't have that many guys coming back on the secondary after next year and that would be a great opportunity for me to get out there and play. Also in talking with coach Shannon one-on-one he has a lot of good things to say that all caught my attention.

Ohio State:I love the atmosphere, the coaching staff, the players. The thing with them that I like is that I have been able to talk to coach (Jim) Tressel several times and coach (Paul) Haynes often and we have an understanding as far as playing-wise and stuff like that.

Gorman maintains that he still wants to take official visits to all three schools before making a final decision but knows that he can't go wrong with any of his choices.

"All three schools produced big time defensive backs and anywhere that I go pretty much I will be set for a chance to take my game to the next level," Gorman said.


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