Posted: 10:45 am Saturday, November 7th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Pahokee WR Chris Dunkley is on an official visit to Alabama this weekend and it looks like a pivotal point in his recruiting process.
Dunkley said he favors Florida, but Alabama is probably the biggest threat to lure him away from the Gators.
“I’ll be close after this visit because I like Alabama a lot,” he said.
Alabama is Dunkley’s fourth official visit and could be his last. He has already taken official trips to West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. He expects to announce his decision live on ESPN at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2.
It has been rumored for months that Dunkley is a silent commit to the Florida Gators, but he reiterated this week that he has not committed to any school. He believes that talk started when he played well at the Gators’ Friday Night Lights event and talked extensively with head coach Urban Meyer and receivers coach Billy Gonzales.
“No. I hear it all the time, too,” Dunkley said. “I think after I did so good at the camp, everybody thought that’s where I was going to go. I hear it a lot. As a matter of fact, when I go to colleges they mess with me saying, ‘So, you’re going to Florida, right?’
“It started the day after the camp. My folks were up there and I spent a lot of time with Coach Meyer and Coach G. People see stuff and they really don’t know the truth. Everybody wants to ask everybody except me. Everybody asks everybody else except for who they’re talking about.”
Even if he is not committed to Florida, the Gators are leading the field and appear to be in good position to land him.
“They’re my No. 1 school,” Dunkley said.
Dunkley (6-0, 178, 4.38 in the 40-yard dash No. 3 on The Big Board) has caught 32 passes for 640 yards and five touchdowns this season. He said he plans to graduate at the end of this semester and enroll in college in January.