NCF On The Trail: Johnathan Vickers

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 23, 2013
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It was a relatively mellow slate in the ACC this week, but there turned out to be several results of significance. Clemson defeated NC State in Raleigh, N.C., a place known for upsets, and Virginia Tech escaped against Marshall in overtime.

In recruiting, a couple offers were issued and a commitment was made. More in our weekend wrap from around the ACC:

Summer recruit wrap: Florida State 

July, 23, 2013
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NoleNation looks at 10 themes of Florida State's 2014 recruiting class to date:


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State has its big back for the Class of 2014.

Johnathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian) will stay home to play for the Seminoles after committing to FSU on a local television broadcast and attending the second Jimbo Fisher Camp.

Vickers, who chose the Seminoles over Louisville, credited the relationships he's developed with Fisher and running backs coach Jay Graham.

"Coach Fisher, Coach Graham, the relationship I have built with them over the last couple of years,” the four-star running back said. “Their running style, their academics and just everything they stand for here."

The coaching staff has been pushing for a commitment from the 6-foot, 212-pound Vickers since the first camp session in June. Vickers sees himself being used in a variety of ways.

"Just like they have used every other back, you know, Chris Thompson, James Wilder -- he came in at 230 and I am at 215 right now, and I should be about 225 when I get here," said Vickers. "Same running and blocking scheme and coming out of the flats and stuff like that."

ESPN’s scouts agree with the assessment.

“This is a prospect with a coveted size/speed ratio and overall impressive physical tools to develop,” the scouting report said. “Has a taller, well-built frame that looks like it could still fill out to the 220-pound range without losing the necessary speed he currently displays. Shows flashes on a straight-away of having much better speed than you might think.

“Vickers is a workhorse type of runner. Shows flashes of being a nice check-down with soft hands out of the backfield. Has good speed and strength and projects to be more of a downhill back at the next level. This is a physical back with good hole quickness, and he is only going to get bigger and stronger. Nice fit for a downhill scheme with some cutback possibilities for him to exploit.”

The No. 39-rated running back was being recruited by Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin before choosing his local team.

Vickers is the only running back in the Seminoles’ 2014 class. The 19th commit in the class joins 11 other offensive players.
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.


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Tales From The Road: FSU Seminoles 

May, 22, 2013
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Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news updates about where FSU coaches are visiting and what prospects are standing out.

This week's targets: Wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey is expected to make an extended stop in the Tampa area this week. Prospects like Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Ryan Davis (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast) and George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) will likely get visits. Running back Jacques Patrick, a 2015 target, said Florida State has visited already.

Area of interest: The state of Florida. With spring games coming up, and the evaluation period hitting the home stretch, Florida State will try to make as much noise as possible in its home state. The Noles will see a bunch of prospects in person and continue to debate whether to offer a prospect or not. The stakes, of course, are higher in the home state because teams won't offer unless they mean it.

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Five stories to watch: Atlanta NFTC 

April, 12, 2013
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Stop six of 13 for the NFTC will take place Saturday at Buford (Ga.) High School in the Northwest sector of metropolitan Atlanta, and this event will not be short on star power. More than 300 prospects representing 20 states are expected to come out and compete, over 90 of which claim offers from FBS programs. Here are five storylines to watch at the Atlanta NFTC.

Will Lorenzo Carter emerge as the top pass-rusher in the Southeast?

Based on his junior season alone, Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) put his name is on the map as one of the best in the country off the edge. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end helped lead Norcross to its first state championship last fall, racking up 136 tackles, 45 tackles for losses and 18 sacks in Georgia’s highest classification. More than 30 programs have offered a scholarship to Carter, and he plans to showcase just why he is so coveted this weekend.


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