Friday, February 22, 2013
Has Fisher found his quarterback?
By Corey Dowlar
Florida State has likely found its top target at quarterback for the Class of 2014.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher, a quarterback guru by reputation, has typically gone out and identified his guy early in the process and steadily recruited him with a high rate of success dating back to EJ Manuel and most recently with Jameis Winston.
Pittsburgh, Pa. quarterback J.J. Cosentino visited FSU for its junior day last weekend.
Now it looks like J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) is the next installment.
Last weekend, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback was in town for junior day.
"It was awesome," Cosentino said. "I was really impressed with literally everything they have to offer. I really had a good time with the coaches and I liked them a lot."
Cosentino was aware coming in of Fisher's success with quarterbacks. Christian Ponder, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings was the latest, and Manuel could be the next this spring.
So for Fisher to laud his abilities like he did, Cosentino couldn't help but take it to heart.
"I really appreciated all the good things he had to say about me," he said. "He was really excited to have me down and he was really impressed with my film tape. He really liked how big and athletic I was, strong arm, and had good things to say about me. Coming from a guy with Jimbo's reputation, it was just awesome."
Cosentino has drawn interest from a variety of programs already, but besides the Seminoles, only Akron has offered. Combined with his unofficial to Tallahassee, Florida State sits atop his list.
"It definitely does," Cosentino said. "I was leaning towards them before I went down to visit just because of who they are. But I went down there and I just loved everything about it and they are definitely at the top of my list right now. We'll see what happens down the line, but I like them a lot."
Typically, Fisher has his quarterbacks camp over the summer before accepting their commitments. That did not happen with Winston.
And it might not happen with Cosentino, either, though the Pennsylvania quarterback does plan on heading down anyway.
"Coach Fisher and Coach Sal [Sunseri] said they usually have their quarterbacks camp before they commit," Cosentino said. "But Fisher said, 'I like what I saw in you, I really believe in you and I want you down here as the next quarterback. You can commit right now, next week, before camp or after camp, before signing day or on signing day, really whenever you want to commit, we are ready to have you down here.'
"I am probably going to camp, but I don't necessarily have to."
Cosentino never planned on making his decision on his visit. He knew heading in that he wanted to make sure it was the right fit over time.
Still, he plans on making a decision before his senior season. Ideally, Cosentino would rather not think about recruiting so he can guide his team to a state championship.
"I definitely went in thinking that [I wouldn't]." he said. "It is still early for me, they only offered me about a month ago, so, I wasn't going to go in and commit without having a good relationship with everyone and seeing everything. I really don't want to be switching my commitment later, backing out, that kind of stuff. Whatever school it is, I want to stay with them and make sure it is the right choice."