As Leon Orr tries to graduate early, is he wavering on UF pledge?



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Wed. December 16, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Standout DE Leon Orr never thought he would have a chance to graduate early from Gulf and enroll at the University of Florida in January.

But then he fractured a leg early in the fall and hasn’t played since.

“If I played the whole year, I knew I wouldn’t be focused enough to do it,” Orr said, “When I got hurt, I started doing more work.”

Getting everything completed by his Friday deadline won’t be easy.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Orr, a Rivals.com top-100 prospect, has finished two online courses, but still has one remaining. And he isn’t sure he can get it done in time.

“I’ve got 15 more assignments to do in two days,” Orr said. “They’re medium (difficult) but they’re time consuming. I don’t have a computer at home so I have to work on the computer at school.”

When asked what he would do if he didn’t finish in time, Orr said he was unsure. Then he dropped a recruiting bombshell when he mentioned he might have other options.

“There are other different pressures,” Orr said.

From whom?

“There are so many schools saying things,” Orr said. “Right now, I can go to maybe four other schools to play left tackle next year.”

He named three of the colleges still pursuing him: Florida State, Miami and Tennessee.

The obvious question is this: If Orr can’t enroll early at Florida, how would he be able to enroll early at one of those other schools?

He didn’t have an answer for that.

“I haven’t figured that all out,” Orr said. “I need to talk to the (NCAA) Clearinghouse. That’s what I’m doing today.”

So, is he looking around?

“I’m not saying I’m looking elsewhere,” Orr said. “These schools are talking to my coach about it. I’m still pretty solid on going to UF.”

Stay tuned … things could get interesting in the next few days.

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