Tennessee commitment DE Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons JC, CA might be at the Clemson-Louisville game this weekend on an official visit with the Cardinals. The visit would cause him to miss his game this weekend and at first his head coach was opposed, but Gerald said this week his coach has given his blessings on the trip and now he just has to get it finalized with Louisville.
Gerald said he has nailed down his official visit date to USC for November 17th and he has set one for the next weekend at Tennessee. He also said Florida is making a very strong push and he is looking at taking an official visit there and to Texas A&M.
USC’s interest in Gerald remains at a high level and he said the contact with Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson is constant.
“I talked to Coach Thompson about the game and he said he wishes I could be there now,” Gerald said. “The interest level for me at South Carolina has gone up. They still want me, they still love me. They are still heavily involved. I’ve actually been hearing more from different coaches now.”
Gerald said he is still a firm Tennessee commitment. He committed after visiting there this summer, soon after visiting USC, because the Vols showed him and his family a great time.
“They showed me and my family an outrageous time,” Gerald said. “Not only did they make me feel comfortable, they made my parents feel 100% at home. Your first impression is everything and they made a huge first impression. A big reason South Carolina couldn’t do that is because my whole family wasn’t there like they were at Tennessee. This visit to South Carolina is huge. That’s my home state. It would make everyone happy to see me in garnet and black. Anything is possible, and I do what to see what Texas A&M has to offer and what Florida has to offer.”
But Gerald said USC would be the one to watch with him for a possible change of mind.
“If I ever were to flip, they probably stand the best chance,” said Gerald who said he’s playing more over center this season than defensive end. In two games he has 8 tackles with 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss.