Monday, March 18, 2013
Florida State lands 2014 QB Cosentino
By Jared Shanker
Jimbo Fisher often asks the quarterbacks he has offered to throw at Florida State’s camp before allowing one to commit. That was not the case with the Seminoles’ newest 2014 pledge.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic quarterback J.J. Cosentino committed to Florida State on Monday, he told ESPN.com.
“He liked the coaching staff. He felt they made the point he was the guy they wanted,” Central Catholic coach Terry Totten said. “He’s been talking it over a lot with his family. It wasn’t anything rash. I think he felt that was his best fit.”
J.J. Cosentino is the latest in the long line of star quarterbacks from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, a list that includes Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino.
Cosentino visited Florida State last month shortly after landing the offer, which was his second of the process. Cosentino spent three days in Tallahassee with his father, and Cosentino raved about the visit for the last month.
“Ever since I went down, I felt like it was the right place for me,” Cosentino said. “It was more than football. It felt like a family and everyone was nice, that southern hospitality, and they were the first coaches to believe in me.”
Totten noted Cosentino’s great relationship with recruiter Sal Sunseri, who was also looking at Cosentino when he was the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Sunseri is a Central Catholic graduate, so he was extremely familiar with the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cosentino. Central Catholic has a long list of successful quarterbacks, which includes Hall of Famer Dan Marino and former Pro Bowl QB Marc Bulger.
“They saw him on film and saw things you can’t coach, like height and arm strength,” Totten said. “They were more than committed to him.”
A visit for the spring game is in the works, but that is not definite, Cosentino said. What is certain is Cosentino will not have to throw for the Seminoles coaches again as he said the staff has no doubts about him.
“Coach Fisher said the first time he saw my film he liked how the ball came out of my hands, thought I was a really well-developed quarterback,” Cosentino said. “He’s believed in me since that point.”
The Seminoles have seven commitments in their 2014 class, with Cosentino being the first quarterback.