13 September 2011
Dante Fowler is as soft spoken as they come. There have been multiple times where I have had to ask the young man to speak up, in order to clearly understand him. Put him in between the white lines though, and watch him transform into an entirely different beast. The 6'3" 235lbs defensive end is a terror coming off the edge for his Lakewood H.S. squad and he is poised to have a memorable senior campaign.
All of that was in jeopardy on September 5th, when Fowler got into a confrontation with his head coach during a film session. The altercation prompted Lakewood head coach Cory Moore to indefinitely suspend the future Seminole. Fowler knew he was in the wrong:
"I realized quickly that I was wrong, and I made a mistake. That's not me, I don't know what got into me."
Tuesday afternoon a report surfaced, stating that Fowler had been suspended for the remainder of the season, ultimately ending his high school career. This prompted me to make a phone call to Fowler, during which he had the following to say:
"Me and coach had an incident, but we were able to move past it. Everything has been resolved, and I'm back on the team and I'll be playing next Friday."
(Lakewood has a bye this coming Friday) Fowler was noticeably upset about the report, and was happy to set the record straight.
As you can see, all parties involved have moved past this, and used it as a teaching point. Fowler is ready to suit up again and prove why he is considered one of the nations top defensive ends. He is also itching to show the FSU faithful what they can expect from him in the future. Fowler went on to discuss his plans for this weekend, which include a trip to Tallahassee.
"I'll be at the Okalahoma vs FSU game this Saturday for sure. I'm heading up there with my parents, my two brothers, and a teammate of mine."
Fowler cannot wait to get back on campus and take in what promises to be a special clash of two top 5 teams.
"I'm very excited for the game. I'll be pulling for FSU of course, and I expect a good game."
This visit will be an un-official, as Fowler plans to take his official visit to FSU later this year.
For now, Fowler is focused on his senior year of high school and cannot wait to get on the field with his team next week. Of course, he remains a solid commitment to the Florida State Seminoles.
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