There's a storm a-brewin' on the recruiting front and it doesn't look like it's going to let up until the middle of next week.
If Doppler radar could track college football prospects, the areas of Orange, Alachua and Leon counties would be lit up as red as a map of Republican Tea Parties.
And as of Wednesday, the person lighting up most of the maps is Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson defensive back Demar Dorsey.
Florida Gators fans were seeing red this past weekend, when Dorsey, a committed Gator, took an official recruiting visit to hated rival Florida State. Losing a recruit is one thing. Losing him to Florida State? Cause for lifetime vilification by Orange and Blue Nation.
Wednesday Dorsey told the Sentinel's Gators beat writer Jeremy Fowler he was still a Gators' commit, but he enjoyed his Tallahassee visit.
Wednesday afternoon, reports started trickling in that the Gators were no longer pursuing Dorsey and he had either decommitted or had his scholarship offer pulled back.
So he's going to Florida State then, right? C'mon now, it's not that easy. Dorsey visits Southern Cal this weekend. There's still plenty of time for a couple of commitments and a decommit.
Dorsey brings us to the reason we came here today -- to break down the final six days of the 2010 recruiting season, for which we have enlisted the help of Daytona Beach resident and SportingNews.com recruiting writer Brian McLaughlin.
Coach Bobby Bowden stepped down. No problem.
"First of all, the coaching change situation hasn't hurt them one bit, and you could argue it actually helped them," McLaughlin said. " Jimbo [Fisher] and the coaching staff have done a great job. After the Bowden announcement they started coming out of the woodwork guys like Jeff Luc and Lamarcus Joyner, those were huge."
And if the Seminoles put a few more pieces in place they actually could end up with a Top 5 class.
Still out there as FSU targets are Winter Park Lake Howell LB Christian Jones, Hialeah DE Corey Lemonier, Tampa Catholic WR Christian Green, Tampa Leto DB Jeremy Deering from the state and then J.R. Ferguson of Hargrave Military in Virginia, and, um oh yeah, that Dorsey kid.
"Christian Jones is a lock as far as I'm concerned," McLaughlin said. "He's been a lock all along and I still think Corey is an Auburn guy."
The Seminoles have 21 commitments on board and will likely be looking to land about five or six more on signing day.
Well, we already know about Dorsey. In, out it doesn't matter, he has fueled the fire for what is certain to be a drama-filled final week.
And honestly, the Gators probably aren't going to lose any sleep over the guy. Heck, with the defensive line the Gators have put together, who needs d-backs? Besides, they have enough DB commits to have nickel, dime AND quarter coverage.
Florida has put together the best recruiting class in the nation, 26 strong, and losing Dorsey shouldn't change that.
Especially if the Gators land one of the other targets still out there -- like OL Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn. He's going to either Florida or Ohio State. And we all know how those Florida-Ohio State battles turn out.
If the Gators land Henderson, the class will go down as one of the best classes ever put together on signing day.
Then there is Lake Howell's Jones, Baltimore WR Adrian Coxson, Tampa Catholic OL Chaz Green and Ohio LB Jordan Hicks.
"Any combination of one or two of those guys with Seantrel and you're talking about one of the best recruiting classes ever," McLaughlin said. "Seantrel is the best offensive lineman coming out of high school in like forever. We're talking about a 6-foot-8, 300-pounder who runs like a tight end. And the Gators have a good chance."
The Knights have already landed a pretty amazing class, but they are hoping a big final push with about 20 campus visitors on Saturday will land them even more.
The prize? Brandon Gainer. The running back out of Miami Central already has three teammates committed to UCF, and if they can sway Gainer, the Knights will have made a significant mark on the 2010 recruiting world.
They will also be looking at Gainer's teammates OL Jose Jose, a USF soft commitment, and DE LaBrandon Richardson. Others are going to be on campus, but Gainer is the cream here.
"Brandon is one of those kids left out there that UCF still has a shot at getting," Lawrence said. "Those Miami Central kids, that is a good situation for UCF and Gainer is the best target they realistically could land."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.