Friday, January 25, 2013
FSU weekend official visitors preview
By Corey Dowlar
Florida State will host their final large group of official visitors this weekend as the stretch run continues to get closer and closer. Here is a breakdown of who is expected on campus.
Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic): The ESPN 150 tailback will be looking to get acquainted with the new coaching staff, running backs coach Randy Sanders in particular. With the departure of Eddie Gran to Cincinnati, Green became a little unsettled. A good visit this weekend could clear all that up.
Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School): Cunningham is considered by some to be a Stanford lean, but a good visit to Tallahassee this weekend could present the in-state school as a viable option. Cunningham would be an out-and-out swap for Tony Stevens, who recently pledged to Auburn after decommitting from both Florida State and Texas A&M. Lawrence Dawsey is overseeing Cunningham's recruitment.
Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington): Probably the first overall name on Florida State's recruiting board at the moment, Thomas' presence will be undoubtedly the headline of the group. He's been to Florida State before, but with all the James Coley drama continuing to unfold, this weekend could get interesting. Currently considering Alabama, Florida State and Miami.
Michael Johnson (Miami/Booker T. Washington): Johnson, another longtime commitment, appears to be fixed on Florida State for the long haul. He was recruited by Coley initially. Johnson hasn't taken any other visits.
Austin Golson (Prattville, Ala./Prattville): Off the heels of visits to Alabama and Ole Miss, respectively, Golson has given the Seminoles a little bit of work to do to hold on to their top-ranked offensive lineman commitment. Dameyune Craig, Golson's lead recruiter, is now gone to Auburn, so there will have to be some new relationships formed. Golson will visit Auburn on Feb. 1 as his final official visit.
Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans/Brother Martin): Offensive line coach Rick Trickett found Hoefeld during the Jimbo Fisher Camp over the summer, and the two parties have seen eye to eye ever since. Hoefeld hasn't taken any other visits, nor does he plan to. He's rated a three-star center by ESPN.
Isaiah Jones (Milton, Fla./Milton): A longtime commitment to Florida State, Jones is solid in his decision. The four-star prospect did have to reschedule his trip to this weekend due to a conflict in scheduling with his basketball team. Jones was primarily recruited by Trickett and Dawsey.