NCF On The Trail: Odell Haggins

Florida State dipped into its rich legacy to recruit a defensive lineman.

Fredrick Jones (Miami/Miami Central), a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive tackle, committed over the weekend. He is the nephew of one of the best linebackers in school history, Marvin Jones. Fredrick's father, Fred Jones, played at FSU as well.

Needless to say, it was an easy choice for him once he was offered. That, of course, came at the Jimbo Fisher Camp last week, where he spent a lot of time working with defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins.

Haggins apparently liked what he saw and decided to pull the trigger. The feeling was mutual.

"Hard work pays off," he said. "I committed to Florida State University."

The addition of Jones makes it 21 commitments for the Class of 2014. He is the second defensive tackle in the class alongside Demarcus Christmas (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee).

Though Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is listed as such, he will be brought in as a defensive end.

Florida State is expected to have a very full class and will likely sign more than 25 prospects in this cycle.
As it turns out, Blake McClain (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) was a little late on his deadline for a commitment.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end heavily favored Florida State following his junior day visit in mid-February and nearly committed to Jimbo Fisher then.

"This close," McClain said back on Feb. 16. "This close. But I am going to wait until next week."

Fisher had to wait longer than expected, but got McClain’s commitment all the same, ESPN has confirmed.

While in Tallahassee, McClain got comfortable with the Seminoles after feeling something different, something he hadn't felt anywhere else while on visits.

"I visited over the summer and the experience there, I mean, it was nothing like this," he said of a visit to in-state rival Florida. "All I did was go to a game and they showed me around some of the campus, but here (FSU) they just treated us like we were part of the family. That was a big factor."

North Carolina was perceived to be one of the Seminoles biggest threats in the McClain sweepstakes. But LSU, too, entered late as his most recent offer.

Alabama, Auburn and West Virginia had also extended offers.

McClain's commitment to the Seminoles gives them their sixth for their rapidly-changing commitment list.

McClain would join young defensive ends Davarez Bryant, Chris Casher and Mario Edwards once on campus at a major position of need.

His pledge could have added significance given that ESPN Watch List inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is McClain's high school teammate. Daub has Florida State in his top two schools along with Alabama.

Assistant coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Odell Haggins have contributed in the recruitment of both prospects.

DL McBride lands big offer 

March, 4, 2013
Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City) and his coach thought something like this might happen.

After going to a couple camps, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman was starting to get noticed. He was winning his battles and looking impressive in drills.

Keith Bryant selects Florida State 

February, 6, 2013
Keith Bryant's (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community) recruitment is finally over. After being committed to Miami for some time during this cycle, it turns out he's staying in the same state, but not with the Hurricanes.

Florida State and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins won out in the end as Bryant chose the Seminoles over Miami, South Carolina and Southern Cal. The four-star prospect is ranked by ESPN as the No. 135 player in the country for the Class of 2013.

What is the impact of Bryant's decision?

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Junior linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) was one of the headliners from the Class of 2014 in attendance for Florida State's 51-7 win over Boston College on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect was already familiar with the Seminoles, of course, but he still came away with a fresh and positive influence afterward.

"When we got there, we just went on a little tour," said Bates, the son of former Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates. "I was really impressed with all the facilities that they have. It was really impressive to see where they all work out and everything like that. I was just real excited to see all that.

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