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Monday, June 17, 2013
FSU camp notebook: Vickers to cut list

By Corey Dowlar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As Florida State continues to sort out its running back board, the coaching staff got an opportunity to see some targets in person last week during the first camp session.

Johnathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian), who holds a Florida State offer, participated in running back drills under coach Jay Graham.

"It was pretty good," said Vickers. "Just working with Coach Graham, who is a heck of a coach, just getting under his wing, working out, it was good."

Graham paid close attention to Vickers' footwork and change of direction. When he needed to change something, Vickers said Graham would speak up.

But for the vast majority of the time, he was pleased.

"He stayed in my ear making sure I was doing the right thing," Vickers said. "He said that he liked the way I do things and that if he didn't like it, he would make sure so I could correct it."

On the recruiting front, Vickers is beginning to wind down the process. A decision could come in just a couple of months.

"I am cutting it down to some top schools and then I am going to take some visits in the summer," he said. "I want to commit at the beginning of September."

As for the Seminoles, well, they are in a good spot.

"They are pretty much at the top of my list," Vickers said.

Georgia, South Carolina, Louisville and Ole Miss are the other teams Vickers says are definitely in the picture.

Gant seeing if he fits

Defensive back Kendall Gant (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) grew up a fan of college football. Specifically, he grew up a fan of Florida State.

That's helped the Seminoles to the top spot, or very near it.

"Florida State has always been my favorite school since I was a young kid," said Gant. "They are towards the top of my list."

It's not a done deal to Tallahassee just yet. Gant says he needs to continue to do some research on where the best spot for him is.

"Just looking at them and seeing if I would fit in at that type of program," he said. "I want to be cool with the players and cool with the coaches."

So far the Seminoles coaches have established a good relationship with him. Even though that offer wasn't extended until recently.

"It is pretty good," Gant said. "My FSU offer just came recently, so it has been good."

Gant mentioned that he watches film of recent first-round pick Xavier Rhodes.

Switching spots

Deon Cain (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) plays quarterback for his high school team. But while at Florida State, receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey wanted to work him out at wide reciever.

And he might be on to something.

"It was great," the Class of 2015 athlete said. "I was just trying to show off my skills and all that. I learned a lot of stuff.

"[Dawsey] was just telling me more things that I need to work on, technique. He said I run great routes and get off the jam well, but he was telling me some more things that could make me a little more crisp."

Cain doesn't know what position he'd like to play at the next level. But a decision on that will come later.

"That is something I will figure out down the road," he said. "But I am not worried about it right now."

Auburn, Indiana and Florida State have shown heavy interest. And given Cain's relationship with Dawsey, FSU might be in a good spot if it decides to issue an offer.

"He's a good coach," Cain said. "He's a really good coach."

Cain checked in at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.