May 26, 2010

Miami safety has top five and an open mind

Some 54 schools rolled through Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla., this spring.

Of those 54, some 34 have offered a scholarship to hard-hitting safety Jabari Gorman.

Cutting that list to a manageable number is one of Gorman's summer objectives, but he wants to be careful that he doesn't cut it too much or too fast and make a critical mistake in the process.

Gorman, a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, wrapped up spring with a two-interception, five-reception effort in a scrimmage loss to Booker T. Washington, an outing in which he felt he "gave my team life on the field during the whole game."

The spring, complete with all of the visitors to practice, "felt fast. You see a lot of different people every minute or so. To me, it's overwhelming. You're going through something you don't normally go through. You have to pay attention to what they're saying and what you really want."

Gorman said he has an early top five of Miami, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama and Florida, in no particular order.

"I'm considering others, but those are the schools that have recruited me the most over the last two years," Gorman said.

Gorman isn't ready to shut the door on all his other suitors just yet. On Monday night, he talked to Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn. The conversation, Gorman said, "opened my eyes."

"We've started a good relationship," Gorman said. "He told me what kind of player he thinks I am and what I can bring to their program. That opened my eyes. It's another reason I don't have any favorites yet. You never know."

Gorman said Vaughn told him Ole Miss would love to get the speedster with a 3.7 grade-point average to Oxford to visit with the coaching staff and see the Ole Miss campus and the Rebels' facilities, preferably this summer.

"He said they don't need to see me in camp," Gorman said. "He said my film says it all."

Gorman said he plans to visit LSU and Alabama this summer "for sure." He's already taken unofficial visits to Ohio State and Florida. Gorman said he's hoping to make a decision "as soon as possible. I don't want to rush it though. I want to be 100 percent positive."

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