DE Lynden Trail: “I want to be ‘The Freak III'”

With National Signing Day coming up on Feb. 3, the Florida Gators are still trying to put together a recruiting class that could very well be considered the best all-time when everything is said and done. One member of that prestigious class, four-star defensive end Lynden Trail (Miami, FL) of Booker T. Washington High School, sat down with OGGOA for a wide-ranging interview about the recruiting process, his future with the Gators, some controversial pictures and life in general. Trail spoke with us for almost a half hour and answered every question we asked, including some that were quite personal.

ADAM SILVERSTEIN: Is it tough to go to an in-state rival coming out of Miami? Did everyone in your life expect you to go to The U?
LYNDEN TRAIL: “The whole atmosphere at Florida just felt like home. I grew up a big UM fan. Everybody around me is huge UM fans. It’s just the way that they came at me in the recruiting process. They’re a great school and everything, but they didn’t fit where I wanted to be. Where I lived, I had my mind made up – I gotta [sic] get out of Miami.”

AS: How long did you know you wanted to play for the Gators?
LT: “It was a good six months before I committed [that I knew]. I always knew in my heart. The minute I got my UM scholarship in March, I kind of strayed away from UM. The more and more I talked to Urban Meyer and my position coach [Dan] McCarney, the more I felt like they were family. The fact that they have a family oriented atmosphere up in Gainesville was a nice draw to the campus. And the fans are great.”

Read the rest of our exclusive interview with Lynden Trail after the jump!
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SIX BITS: McFarland, Tyus, Brewer, Tebow

1 » In the immediate aftermath of dropping four-star safety Demar Dorsey (Lauderdale Lakes, FL), the Florida Gators contacted three-star tight end commitment Michael McFarland (Tampa, FL) and informed him that they no longer need him to grayshirt for the 2010 season as an additional scholarship has opened up. Instead, assistant head coach and defense/defensive line coach Dan McCarney told McFarland that the Gators want him to enroll with the rest of his 2010 class. OGGOA believes McFarland will likely redshirt his first season.

2 » Freshman guard Kenny Boynton has the star power, sophomore point guard Erving Walker is hitting daggers from downtown, junior forward Chandler Parsons is nailing remarkable buzzer-beating game-winners and junior transfer center Vernon Macklin brings the size…so what exactly is junior F Alex Tyus’ role? Tyus is, simply put, the most consistent player on the team. He has scored double figures in 11 straight games with 15+ points in six of those contests all while being a terror in the paint and averaging almost eight rebounds per game. Through the ups and downs of the season, Tyus has been the constant either keeping the Gators in games or helping them pull off routs. He’s even been hitting three-pointers. “I feel like I’m understanding my role a little more,” Tyus told Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun. “I’m more comfortable.” If Tyus continues playing at this level, a triumvirate of himself, Boynton and Walker could very well propel Florida to its first March Madness birth in three seasons.

Four more BITS on Corey Brewer, Tim Tebow and more after the jump!
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Demar Dorsey no longer being recruited by Gators

Rivals is reporting that four-star safety recruit Demar Dorsey is no longer being recruited by the Florida Gators and, therefore, is free to give his commitment to another program. Mark Wheeler was told Florida informed Dorsey that they were no longer interested in having him as a part of the 2010 recruiting class.

Whether or not this is how this particular situation went down remains to be seen. Reports surfaced Monday evening claiming that Dorsey had decommitted from the Gators and agreed to play for the Florida State Seminoles after visiting the Tallahassee, FL, campus last weekend. He openly wavered with his commitment throughout the process but, as recently as last week, proclaimed that he was 90-95 percent solid to the Gators – the highest percentage he had given them over the last year.

Speaking with Wheeler Tuesday night, Dorsey said he was “50-50 right now” and “up in the air” because of the great experience he had on his visit. He also mentioned that Florida had not scheduled an in-home visit with him. Some sources mentioned that the Gators were going to attempt and visit with Dorsey either Tuesday or Wednesday but apparently those plans were canceled or never existed in the first place.

Though he is considered a heavy Florida State lean, Dorsey will travel West to visit the USC Trojans this weekend and may not make up his mind until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. There were questions about his ability to academically qualify for admission to Florida; whether or not that factored in this decision is not presently known.

Expect the Gators to make an even stronger push for three-star athlete Jeremy Deering (Tampa, FL), who is said to be leaning toward Florida State but may be swayed into changing his mind if Dorsey does indeed sign there on Feb. 3. Deering was originally offered a scholarship after five-star safety Matt Elam (West Palm Beach, FL) decommitted three weeks ago but before he eventually re-committed to Florida.

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Christian Green drops UF, down to FSU and UGA

Reports from Rivals Tuesday night had four-star athlete recruit Christian Green (Tampa, FL) dropping the Florida Gators from his final three and narrowing his focus to two teams – the Florida State Seminoles and Georgia Bulldogs.

The St. Petersburg Times spoke with his father, Hiram Green, who confirmed his son’s latest decision. “It’s between those two,” he said. Lifelong Seminoles fans, Green and his family always considered Florida State as his top option, but a push from Georgia head coach Mark Richt could sway him North.

Green’s older brother Brandon committed to the Florida A&M Rattlers on Sunday. Florida A&M is also located in Tallahassee, FL, and Green will take an official visit to FSU this weekend. He checked out Florida two weeks ago.

“They’re an excellent program,” Hiram Green said of the Gators. “They’ve got an excellent coaching staff and [head coach] Urban Meyer is a first-class person. It was tough for [Christian].”

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UPDATE: Dorsey clarifies commitment status

UPDATE: Demar Dorsey no longer being recruited by Gators

Though he claims that he has not officially decommitted from the Florida Gators, four-star safety Demar Dorsey told Mark Wheeler of Rivals Tuesday that he is no longer as confident in his commitment as he was just one week ago.

Claiming he was 90-95 percent committed to the Gators last week, Dorsey said that he is “50-50 right now” and “up in the air” after having a great experience on his visit with the Florida State Seminoles last weekend. He will travel West to visit the USC Trojans this weekend and may not make up his mind until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

Dorsey added that Florida has not scheduled an in-home visit with him before the dark period begins next Monday; however, some sources believe that the Gators could be meeting with him Tuesday night. UF may not want to wait for Dorsey’s decision next Wednesday, especially if coaches do not get an opportunity to speak with him sooner.

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REPORT: Noles pull safety Dorsey from Gators

UPDATE: Demar Dorsey no longer being recruited by Gators

Four-star safety recruit Demar Dorsey (Lauderdale Lakes, FL) has spurned the Florida Gators for the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles, according to three separate reports. Dorsey, who openly wavered with his commitment throughout the process, recently proclaimed that he was 90-95 percent solid to the Gators, the highest percentage he had given them over the last year.

He even went so far as to reaffirm his commitment to Florida and recruit other players for the Gators while participating in the Under Armour All-American Game three weeks ago.

“I’ve been to Florida several times on unofficial visits,” Dorsey told the Orlando Sentinel last week, “but I figured I’d take a couple of visits just to make sure Florida is where I want to go to school. [The Gators are] still on top, they’re still my No. 1. They aren’t going anywhere. I’d say right now they’re about 90-95 percent.” He visited the Michigan Wolverines two weeks ago, met with Gators co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chuck Heater last Thursday, checked out the Seminoles last weeked and has plans to take a trip to see the USC Trojans this weekend.

Though reports state Dorsey has made this decision, a lot can change after he meets with new Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Dorsey was originally interested in the Tennessee Volunteers mostly because of the coaching staff, and the same coaches at a more prestigious program may be enough to send him out West for college. No matter what happens this weekend, coaches from all three schools will have an opportunity to speak with Dorsey before he signs his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day.

Expect Florida to make an even stronger push to four-star athlete Jeremy Deering (Tampa, FL), who is said to be leaning toward Florida State but may be swayed into changing his mind if Dorsey does indeed sign there on Feb. 3.

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ESPN notes on Gators’ 2010 recruiting class

Calling the Florida Gators’ 2010 group “one of the best recruiting classes ever,” Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. heaped praise on what has already been accomplished in Gainesville, FL. “The quality of this class is staggering, given what has taken place with the program over the past month,” he writes. Read the rest in Luginbill’s ESPN column.

Four-star safety commitments Jonathan Dowling and Demar Dorsey spoke with ESPN about the 2010 recruiting class, playing together and head coach Urban Meyer:

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TWO BITS: Floyd honored, Mayock on Tebow

1 » Five-star Florida Gators defensive tackle commitment Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia, PA) has been named the 2009 National High School Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Floyd, who committed to Florida during the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is ranked as the No. 4 and No. 25 overall player in the country respectively by Rivals and ESPNU.

2 » Completing OGGOA‘s trifecta of Friday coverage on former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is NFL Network analyst and draft expert Mike Mayock. Mayock spoke with Michael DiRocco of The Florida Times-Union about Tebow’s NFL prospects and how his participation in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, AL, will help his stock. “Whether or not he competed in this game, he’s got mechanical issues,” Mayock said. “No question about it, and they’re not that easy to get rid of. But this kid will work his tail off and do whatever anybody tells him to do to work on those issues. I really believe that by spending a week being coached by NFL people and letting the whole league start to get to know what kind of kid he is, no matter what the ball looks like — whether it flutters or whether it takes too long — I think he’s going to win just because people are going to want him in their huddle.”

“Most people think that he’s risking the most of any player coming to play in this game,” Mayock continued. “I think it’s a brilliant move. Here’s a guy who’s arguably the best player to ever play college football, yet most NFL scouts will probably put him in the third round. The fact that Tim Tebow is coming here and willing to expose himself to this kind of scrutiny I think speaks volumes to the type of kid he is.”

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