Florida State has been busy lately sending out official offers to recruits across the country. One…
Emerging Star Has Big Leader
"I have offers from South Florida, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Miami," said Jonathan Dowling. "USF offered me first, then Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and then Miami offered me on Saturday." "I am hearing from a lot of other schools too and I expect a lot of schools to come through to see me in the spring. Alabama, Georgia, and USF came by in January to check on me. I am getting attention from most of the SEC schools and I think some more of them could offer me." One of the schools that has offered has taken the lead for the 6-foot-4, 185 pound athlete. "Florida is the leader right now. I visited there and I liked everything about Florida. The biggest thing that makes them my leader is I felt at home. I want to go somewhere that I feel at home and I felt very comfortable at Florida." The Gators took such a big lead after the visit a few weeks ago that he thought about committing. "I thought about it, but I need something to compare Florida to before I commit," explained the star out of Bradenton. "I like Georgia and Alabama too and I have interest in Miami, so I want to look at a few more things before I make my decision. Florida leads and I am leaning that way, but I am going to go through the process a little more before I commit." It is just the beginning of the process for this emerging safety. He could play safety or receiver on the next level because of his hands, size, and speed. He has the tools to be elite on the next level. "I am being recruited as a free safety, but I think I can play offense too. I had 14 interceptions last year, so my hands are a strength of mine. I had a great defensive line, so they helped me make plays in the secondary. I played corner the second half of the year and I felt comfortable there too, so I could play anywhere." s you can tell by the number of picks he had, Dowling would rather help the team than wow the crowd on Friday night. "Instead of going for the big hit like a lot of players do, I go for the interception. I would rather get the ball to our offense than to give the receiver a chance to catch it even though I make a big hit. If I have to hit, then I will, but I would rather get the ball and help my team." As a junior, Dowling tallied up 51 tackles, he intercepted 14 passes, and he blocked 3 punts. He returned two picks for TDs and he finished with 4 touchdowns total in 2008. The reigning National Champs have the edge now for the top recruit out of Southeast, but he is not going to commit quite as early as he once thought. "I am going to enjoy the process for a while and just talk things over with my dad and my coach," he said. "I am having fun with it now, so I am looking forward to taking some visits and going through the recruiting process." Dowling said he would like to visit Alabama this coming weekend and then Florida again on February 28. Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.
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