UPDATE: Just spoke with Gulf DT and Florida commit Leon Orr and broke the news to him that Florida coach Urban Meyer will take an indefinite leave of absence instead of quitting. Orr’s response was simple and to the point:
“That’s good. … that’s good,” he said.
Orr said he was hopeful Meyer would return as coach.
When reached by the Times on Saturday night, heralded Gulf DT Leon Orr was just finding out about Urban Meyer’s shocking decision to step down as Florida coach.
At that point, he hadn’t spoken to anyone on Florida’s staff.
Now, he has.
Orr said Sunday he has talked on the phone with Gator defensive line coach Dan McCarney, his primary recruiter, about the situation in Gainesville and now has a better handle on why Meyer quit. Orr is hopeful McCarney will be part of the new staff, but was given no guarantees that would be the case.
“He said it all depends on who the new head coach is,” the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Orr said. “But hopefully, he’ll stay. Most likely he will. He’s a good coach -- a good defensive coach. He has experience as a head coach. I doubt someone wouldn’t want to keep him on the staff. He was one of the main reasons I committed (to Florida).”
As of now, Orr, who finished his high school coursework last week, still plans to enroll at Florida on Jan. 11.
“Nothing’s changed,” Orr said.
Orr, a Rivals.com top-100 national recruit, said he has not heard from any other colleges since Meyer’s resignation.
“I don’t think,” he said, “anybody’s got my new number.”
--KEITH NIEBUHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)