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Florida State's recruiting over the last two classes continues to trend toward athleticism and versatility. Thursday's addition was no different.
Ben DeLuzio (Orlando, Fla./First Academy) pledged to the Seminoles, becoming their eighth commitment towards the Class of 2013, over the likes of Florida and Mississippi.
"It really came down to Florida State and Ole Miss," DeLuzio said. "When I went up to Ole Miss, their campus was gorgeous. Their coaches, I really thought highly of their coaches and I respect them greatly. At Florida State, I just felt comfortable in that atmosphere and in that environment and I just liked the game-time atmosphere. I think highly of those coaches as well. I just thought it was the right decision for me.
"I called [assistant] Coach [Mike] Martin Jr. today and I am really excited and can't wait to get up there and be a Seminole."
DeLuzio was fresh off a weekend trip to Oxford, Miss., to see the Rebels campus when he made the decision. While it was a great trip, he said, he just felt more at ease in Tallahassee.
His sister, Alexa, is a current player on the Florida State women's basketball team. Having been there to see her play before, DeLuzio already had a solid framework to judge the Seminoles' campus on.
"I got to see and know the campus a lot more than I would any other campus -- like Ole Miss or Florida," he explained. "I just felt like I would have a good time there for the next four years."
A two-sport athlete, DeLuzio will play football this fall for First Academy. He's not so bad at that, either. Programs such as Connecticut and SMU had offered him to play for their programs.
But his future, and his projections, are highest on the diamond. At FSU, he's got a good chance to begin playing in the outfield.
"I am just excited about getting in the program, but I feel like I can run the bases pretty good," said the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect. "Of course I want to keep working on my hitting so I can get in that lineup as soon as I can. I am looking forward to playing anywhere in the infield, but I think they want me to play in centerfield, and if that is where they want me, I will be more than happy to play there."
DeLuzio will take part in East Coast Pro, a national showcase for elite baseball prospects, in the near future.
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