Doug Dutch has completed his allotted five official visits, and appears anxious to finally make his final decision on which school he will attend. A decision may come as early as the end of next week.
His fifth and final visit was to the University of Florida, where he was pleasantly surprised with a special event for the recruits.
“Florida was fine,” Dutch said. “It was very different from the other official visits because we got on a bus on Saturday and had a police escort to the game, just like on game-day. When we got there, there were some cheerleaders cheering for us, and then we went into the locker room. There were jerseys with our names on them waiting for us, so we modeled those and got pictures taken together. Then they announced our names individually, saying each person was an All-SEC performer or something, and we ran out onto the field. Florida players were out there jumping up and down and dancing. It was pretty overwhelming because I could definitely see myself going there, and it was like I was a part of the team.”
In addition to learning the Florida game-day atmosphere, Dutch also had a chance to meet with the players and coaches. He was hosted by junior wide receiver OJ Small, who had nothing but positive comments to say about the University. Before he left for home, he was able to meet with Head Coach Ron Zook as well.
“I was hosted by OJ Small,” Dutch said. “I asked him if it was a good choice for him and he said yes. He said he’s had a great time and that they really develop you as a player. I met with Coach Zook, and he was talking about how good Florida was and I how it was a perfect fit for me. He was telling me how much they want me to come there. It was nice.”
Dutch claims all five schools are in the mix for his signature. He will have the Head Coach of each remaining school in-home over the next two weeks, and hopes to have a decision soon after those are completed. Right now, Dutch is scheduled to host Miami’s Larry Coker this Thursday, Florida’s Ron Zook next Monday, and Virginia’s Al Groh next Tuesday.
“I don’t have any favorites right now,” Dutch said. “After all of the Head Coaches come in, then I will have a favorite. I’m just waiting for them all to come in-home. I’ll decide after I’ve heard from all of the coaches.”
Dutch mentioned a few positives about each of his final five schools at this point.
“UVA has a young team,” Dutch said. “So I think there’s a good chance I could play early...
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