Per CBSSports.com, Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith has decided on Florida. He chose the Gators over Iowa State, Louisville, and Memphis. Finney-Smith and his mother had visited Louisville from June 3-5. They then visited Iowa State and Memphis. Finney-Smith’s mother made it clear that Louisville was near the top of her son’s list. However, things obviously changed once the two left town. For what it’s worth, I was told Finney-Smith was close to verbally committing to the Cards while he was on campus.
Strangly enough, Florida was the only school that Finney-Smith and his mother did not visit over the last few weeks. However, he did visit Gainesville during his original recruiting process in 2011. Finney-Smith is the second transfer Billy Donovan and the Gators have landed this off-season. South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris has also transferred to Florida.
Not landing Dorian Finney-Smith isn’t a huge loss for Louisville, but I think he would have been a bigger addition than most expect. The addition of Finney-Smith would have taken a lot of pressure off of the Louisville coaching staff to land a 5-star recruit in the 2013 class.
Now that we know there will be no additions to the roster at this point, the scholarship situation becomes a little bizarre. With Stephan Van Treese transferring, there is one scholarship available. That scholarship will be for 2012 signee Terry Rozier. However, if Rozier fails to qualify, the Cards will have one scholarship to give.