The Florida Gators have yet to secure a commitment from a running back in 2015 but they have a new name on the board at the position and he is Texas Tech running back commit Corey Dauphine (6-1, 180, Port Arthur, TX High) who talked to Florida on Tuesday.
Dauphine is a new name to the board but he has in fact had an offer from the Florida Gators for sometime now but just learned of it on Tuesday.
“Coach [Derek] Lewis was the coach that actually offered me but I was on the phone with coach [Brian] White too,” Dauphine said. “Coach Lewis was actually talking to me and said you know you have a Florida offer but I didn’t know that but they have been offered me a long time ago. Coach Lewis and me were just talking really about everything like usual but it was nice to know that I have the offer finally.”
Lewis is the coach that has been talking to Dauphine for over a year now but running backs coach Brian White talked to him on Tuesday about how and why Florida likes him as a player.
“I talk to Coach Lewis pretty often, really,” Dauphine said. “I also talk to Coach White from time to time. Coach White usually tells me that I would be a really good fit in their offense because of my speed and my athletic ability. He says that he thinks that I can help them out a lot.”
Dauphine is very similar to the other running backs the Florida Gators are recruiting and White told the Texas back how he would fit into the Florida offense.
“Coach White says that he will use me mainly as a running back in their offense,” Dauphine said. “I like the spread offense that they run because it’s like the offense that I run in high school so I don’t think it would take that long to adjust to it.”
Being from Texas, Dauphine grew up watching the in-state schools but admits that everyone in the country knows a thing or two about the Gators.
“I know that Florida is a really good school to go and they have a lot of tradition,” Dauphine said. “I know that they have a lot of good running back but I need to see how their offense does this year.”
It’s late in the recruiting game to offer someone but Dauphine says it’s no big deal and that he and Lewis are trying to work a date to get the back to Gainesville.
“Coach Lewis and I talked about me taking an official visit to Florida,” Dauphine said. “I’ve got to look at my schedule and theirs to see when it will workout but I definitely plan on visiting them.”
Despite the offer from Florida Dauphine says it doesn’t change anything with his commitment but he’s listening to a few schools and plans to visit a few other schools as well.
“I’m solid to Texas Tech but just taking things slow,” Dauphine said. “I’m probably going to visit Baylor, Texas and Florida though. I’ll also be at some of Texas Tech’s games too.”
INSIDERS TAKE: I can’t see Dauphine getting out of the state of Texas because not only does Tech want him but Texas A&M and Baylor are hard after him as well. Like any other prospect if they visit than you have a chance so we will continue to follow him to see if he visits.