Wednesday, June 12, 2013
FSU camp: Speaks makes some noise
By Corey Dowlar
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp was a little light in the amount of top quality prospects. That's not too unusual, and it is likely to pick up as the week goes on.
But given the circumstances, it wasn't hard to pick out Breeland Speaks (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) among the crowd. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound defensive lineman looked and played the part.
"It was a great camp," Speaks said. "I really enjoyed myself. We were working on fundamentals today and I was just getting after it with Coach [Odell] Haggins."
Florida State, one of Speaks' newest offers, came in just last week. On Wednesday, he got his first look at the campus and football facilities.
"They offered me Friday," he said. "They wanted to just go ahead and offer me based on what they saw on film, and with my athletic ability, it was a no-brainer.
"The campus, the new fields, the indoor [facility] -- just everything."
At the moment, Speaks isn't relegated to one position on the defensive line. He could easily play out on the edge with a little adjustment.
But he said that he would rather play inside, though that's not a deal breaker.
"They pretty much said it was an even playing field on the defensive line," Speaks said. "Preferably, I'd like to play tackle, but anywhere they put me, I would be ready to go."
Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Southern Mississippi have also offered Speaks. And there are likely more offers to come.
These camps are the vehicle he's taking to get to more offers and respect in the recruiting world.
"I feel like it is going good, he said. "I still feel like I am an underdog. But hopefully me showing out at these camps, I will be able to gain some knowledge and go far."
Speaks will camp at Alabama on Saturday.
Former FSU decommit Jake McCrary was back in Tallahassee on Wednesday.
A former Florida State and Clemson commitment, Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) returned to Tallahassee on Wednesday.
Getting to be with the coaches was a priority, especially the wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
"It has been great being around all the coaches, especially Coach Dawsey, who is like a father figure to me," he said. "He is a great mentor and I just love being up here. It feels like home."
McCrary's recent decommitment from Clemson was a product of making sure he had the right fit. He's still got some work to do in order to figure that out.
"I felt like I should be very open when thinking about a college," he said. "That's kind of what I want to do right now. I just want to find out what place is the best fit for me."
Three teams are in the mix for McCrary. And they all seem to meet his requirements.
"Right now, It's Florida State, West Virginia and Clemson," he said.
"It is going to be about opportunity, a great bond with the coaches and somewhere I can get a great education."
Worton trying his best to persuade
C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade), one of McCrary's good friends, has been trying to get his colleague back in the boat.
Whenever they are together, especially in Tallahassee, Worton gets in his ear. But at the end of the cycle, Worton knows McCrary's decision is his own to make.
"We talk a lot about college and stuff," Worton said. "We talk about where we would like to play and I try to get him on board as many times as I can. It worked for a little bit, but once we get back to Miami, we all make our own decisions.
"I leave it up to him, whatever feels best for him."