Friday, January 11, 2013
FSU's weekend official visit preview
By Corey Dowlar
Florida State will host a bunch of top visitors this weekend in what is likely their biggest and busiest of the year. Here is the breakdown of who is visiting and why it is important.
Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): The No. 14 player in the country is currently committed to USC, but is definitely looking around. Florida State was able to secure an official visit from the four-star defensive back who fits the bill of a shutdown corner that the Seminoles need in this class.
Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast): Coley has been quiet about his recruiting the whole way through, and that probably won't change much after this weekend, either. Sources at Florida State say they feel good about landing him, but there is still a while yet to go.
Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata): The Auburn defensive end commitment has been on FSU's campus before for a summer camp. Florida State could use another defensive end in the class and Bower is a prospect of quality.
Marquez White (Dothan, Ala./Northview): Having been rumored to switch to Alabama for months, it looks like White is now settled on Florida State. Dameyune Craig was his primary recruiter prior to leaving for Auburn, so there will be some smoothing over left to do.
Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones): Whitfield announced for Florida State last August and hasn't really wavered at any point. The speedster was recruited by Rick Trickett.
Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community): The missing piece of the defensive tackle puzzle for Florida State, Bryant is at the top of the board at the position. The ESPN 150 prospect was committed to Miami. Odell Haggins is leading his recruitment and looks to be going head-to-head with South Carolina and Tennessee for the letter of intent.
E.J. Levenberry (Woodbrige, Va./C.D.Hylton): Levenberry, who has flirted with a couple of other of schools over the last sixth months, now appears set on signing with his original commitment. Haggins earned his pledge last April.
Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee): This weekend will be big for Florida State's new assistants to prove themselves to Bellamy, who has begun to look around a little bit. He was previously recruited by Craig and now being looked at by Sal Sunseri.
Arshad Jackson (Lovejoy, Ga,/Lovejoy): One of the undeclared targets who will be on campus this weekend, Jackson was previously recruited by Craig. Jackson is close friends with Davin Bellamy.
Jesus Wilson (Miami/Columbus): A versatile athlete capable of playing receiver or defensive back, Wilson was identified early at a summer camp. James Coley has been his primary recruiter for the Seminoles.
Tyrell Lyons (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast): Lyons, another one of Florida State's solid linebacker commitments, will be on campus this weekend. He was recruited by Lawrence Dawsey and committed nearly a year ago.
Ro'Derrick Hoskins (Orlando, Fla./Evans): Hoskins has been committed to Florida State since being on campus for a Junior Day last February. He's appeared to be pretty solid in his commitment and has been recruited by Trickett.
Desmond Hollin (Miami/ASA College): Junior college commitment Desmond Hollin is solid in his pledge and will go to Tallahassee to learn more about the logistics of the process. Coley is Hollin's primary recruiter.
Eddie Jackson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Boyd Anderson): Now that it seems likely Jackson will qualify, the big fish are after him. Alabama is the most recent team to offer, but FSU did well to offer him a little bit ahead.
Jeremy Kerr (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg): This will probably be FSU's last chance to make a major move for the Miami tight end commitment. Sure, the Seminoles will get their in-home opportunities, but there is no substitute for being on campus. It is thought Florida State has a 50/50 shot.