Fool us once—shame on UF.
Fool us twice—shame on FSU.
Well, there is certainly a lesson to be learned here. A simple lesson at that—FSU should distance itself from taking even the best Gator de-commits.
While Urban Meyer was basking in the possibility of having one of the best classes before signing day, even after his retirement hiccup; FSU became all too eager to entertain the likes of Safety prospect, and recent de-commit. Matt Elam. Then, just two weeks later, Boyd Anderson Safety standout Demar Dorsey came a-calling.
With the nation already catching the attention of the Elam flip-flop, this seemed like a perfect segue into part two of the Florida-Florida State recruiting see-saw.
In retrospect, Florida State lost out on the rights to Dorsey, who signed with Michigan on National Signing Day after being a rumored "silent" verbal to FSU.
In large part, Safety Greg Dent of Glades Central was the recruit that FSU had sought after the January recruitment of Elam, committing to Florida State on Thanksgiving weekend in 2009. Then Dorsey followed Elam's lead a week later, reopening his recruitment in January.
While Dorsey may have been, in many ways, a highly-touted and sought after addition to FSU's class, rumor has it that in his past, he has been a bit of a problem off the field and has had a few serious brushes with the law as a minor.
Reminiscent of another possible Adrian McPherson or Fred Rouse, perhaps sticking with Dent alone might have been a blessing to the other players on FSU's Secondary.
In the end, each of the Seminoles that could have been—it would seem FSU picked up a lot of talented, smart young athletes who will gel quite nicely with the new defensive staff, and existing players.
Here's to hoping we don't have to see these guys explode into greatness in their new homes abroad, and if they do, may we never be the recipient of that talent, at least not in a losing effort.