In a Florida State basketball class that is expected to be smaller than normal, Demarcus Croaker (Orlando, Fla./Jones) appears headed for at least one of the vacancies.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect has tried to be in near-constant contact with the Seminoles' coaching staff for the last calendar year. Relationships, specifically with assistant coach Stan Jones, have really blossomed.
"I really like Florida State and I have really liked them for a while," said Croaker, confirming that the Seminoles are his leader. "I have a very good relationship with the coaches and a couple of the players I know. I love the coaches and I love their style of play. They play defense and push the ball up the floor.
"That is definitely a place I could see myself going there."
Playing as a part of a stacked Florida Rams team this summer, Croaker has garnered additional looks and two new offers from Marquette and Texas.
"I don't really think it changes anything," Croaker elaborated on the Marquette tender. "I am going to go look into their school and I want to research everything and learn about the coaches."
Regarding Texas, he said, "I have just been chatting with the coaches about all the players that have come through that program and how they make it to the NBA, which is one of my goals."
After the conclusion of the summer circuit, Croaker intends to take a few trips to check out institutions up close.
And while none of them have been set up just yet, Florida State appears to be a favorite to land one of them -- even though it potentially might not need one.
"I don't have them set up yet, but I plan on taking some, though," said Croaker.
"I think with Florida State, if I wanted to commit, I don't think it would be a place that I would have to go to in order to commit. I know the coaches and that place pretty well already. Besides that, I think I would have to take my visits before I would consider committing."
The three-star recruit mentioned that if he doesn't make a prior to November, he will make his choice during the early signing period.