LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --
"I'm shocked," said Boone, a 6-foot-1 receiver from Ocala, Fla.
The obvious question came next. Did Leach's firing change Boone's mind about playing for Texas Tech? "I'll probably call my recruiter [Red Raiders receivers coach
Boone also considered Florida, Miami, LSU, Cincinnati and South Carolina before he committed to Texas Tech. "I'll look into all of them," Boone said.
Some of Boone's fellow all-stars can relate. Several of the players in the Under Armour game (Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN) either have committed to Florida or are considering Florida, and they received an equally shocking dose of news Saturday when Gators coach
The strangest week of coaching news in recent memory has affected recruits in a variety of ways. Some, like Boone, have decided to examine their options. Others, such as Southlake, Texas, defensive end
He said no coaches from any school can reach him now, and he seems to like it that way. "They don't have my new number," Dunkley said.
Meanwhile, recruits also have become a source of news during a time when coaches in turmoil are tight-lipped with the media.
Perhaps most interesting, not all players committed to the affected schools have received equal attention from rival coaches. Richards, the Texas Tech commit, said he hasn't heard from anyone. "They know I'm solid," Richards said. Meanwhile, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., defensive back
"They just asked me, did I hear the news about Florida? That's all they said," Dorsey said. "There weren't really no deep conversations."
So perhaps it's fitting that during a week when recruits have been rocked by some of the strangest coaching news in years, Dorsey offered an update that should mystify coaches as much as the coaching world has mystified players.
"I'm still committed," Dorsey said. "I'd say 65 percent that I go to Florida."