Seminoles make impression on McQuay


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leon McQuay III (Seffner Fla./Armwood) certainly made the most of his Saturday.

The ESPN 150 safety started off in Gainesville, Fla., unexpectedly taking in the Florida-Kentucky game before heading up the road to Florida State for the showdown with Clemson. He wasn't able to spend too much time speaking with the Florida coaches because of the time crunch.

"It was all right," McQuay said of his time at the Gators' game. "I just watched the game and that's it."

McQuay and his family got to Tallahassee in the afternoon around 4 p.m., he estimated. Upon his arrival, the nation's third-best safety prospect participated in the entire recruit experience including a tour of the stadium.

The Seminoles coaching staff made their intentions known right from the beginning.

"There was a lot of love," McQuay said. "They want me real bad."

Florida State would eventually outlast Clemson 49-37 in a back-and-forth affair. All of the action on the field grabbed his attention.

"It was great," he said. "The defense was a little slow at the beginning, but they started to pick it up and the end of the game.

"When they needed to make plays, they did."

With official visits looming, McQuay's father said there could be a slight change on his trip to Michigan. Because of an open date at the end of the season, they will take their trip up on a Friday.

"I am trying to get him to all of the schools twice," his father said. "That way he can get that initial look and he can pull the hood back and see."

The regular-season finale between Florida and Florida State figures to get McQuay back to Tallahassee, whether for an official or unofficial visit. Either way, it appears the Noles have made an impression on him.

"I was impressed, man," he said. "I didn't know what I was going to see coming in. The coaches, I can tell that they want me a lot. How they play, they played great, all together."