Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace safety Jabari Gorman has reached the home stretch of his recruitment. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back is down to a final three and has a current leader.
"Right now, it is Ohio State, Miami, and Alabama, in that order," Gorman said.
Earlier this season, Gorman made his way to Columbus for an official visit in late September when the Buckeyes hosted Eastern Michigan. He came away very impressed by Jim Tressel's program.
"There are a lot of things that I have been looking at with Ohio State," Gorman said. "There is an opportunity to play early, the brotherhood that they have with each other, the atmosphere up there, college town with a college atmosphere, and I think it is a place to change my whole personality and become more independent and more of a leader. Everything seems so successful there that you can't go wrong.
"I like the way they are disciplined as a team," Gorman added. "If you go up there, when you come back after your freshman year, you have become a different person. I have a couple friends up there already and I talked to them recently and noticed a big difference. They had really matured. You can tell they focus on becoming more than just an athlete there."
As for the nearby Hurricanes, the Rivals250 prospect expects to take his official visit there after the season.
"I haven't scheduled my official to Miami yet," Gorman said. "I was talking to Coach (Aubrey) Hill and he said some time in January."
He recently did attend the Hurricanes home game against Florida State, where Randy Shannon's club fell short on the field.
"You can't win every game," Gorman said. "I saw that I was needed at a place like that. That told me what I can do and everything if I was to go to Miami. I wasn't made about the fact they lost, it was kind of a better look for me."
At the beginning of October, Gorman was scheduled to officially visit Alabama for the Florida game, but will now instead make his way to Tuscaloosa when the Crimson Tide hosts Auburn in their regular season finale. It won't be his first time on campus at Alabama though.
"Alabama, when I went to the camp, I got to see everything," Gorman said. "To be coached by Coach (Nick) Saban everyday, that is just a great experience. I understand everything he wants and actually being good at it, he can make you into a great player. I got a feeling how he coaches. I like that it is a college town."
Gorman, who is scheduled to take the SAT on Nov. 6th, said that he will be ready to make his final decision immediately after his official visit to Coral Gables.
"Right after these visits," Gorman said. "I will make it when I am ready."
On the season, Pace is 4-0. Gorman has 20 tackles to go along with five interceptions, one of which he has returned for a touchdown.