Thursday, February 7, 2013
FSU after two more Tennesseans
By Dave Hooker
Florida State is making its presence felt in middle Tennessee.
First, the Seminoles landed four-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, stealing him from USC on national signing day. Now, thanks, in part, to Ramsey's signing, the Noles could be close to landing two more highly regarded prospects from the Nashville area.
Four-star running back Cornelius "Corn" Elder and 2015 cornerback Rico McGraw from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth said Florida State has recently started recruiting them. Elder, who will announce his college decision on Feb. 20, said he spent 30 minutes talking to Ramsey about the Seminoles on Tuesday. The two played together at Ensworth before Ramsey transferred following his sophomore season.
"I know him pretty well," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Elder said. "He's been blowing my phone up…He's trying."
Elder chose not to sign with a school on Wednesday, national signing day. He said he wasn't ready to make a decision. Elder said he is primarily considering Georgia Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Auburn, as well as a basketball scholarship from Purdue.
Elder has repeatedly said that basketball is his favorite sport. However, most believe he has more potential in football. Elder said he spoke to Florida State coaches on Tuesday evening.
"They're coming in the mix so we'll see how that goes," the nation's No. 203 prospect in the country and No. 2 prospect in Tennessee said.
Elder said recruiters have told him they'd hold a spot for him, specifically Florida State, UCLA and Georgia Tech. Elder visited Atlanta to see Tech's campus last week.
"It was good I liked it," he said. "Great school. Great campus. Great city. Everything is around Georgia Tech's campus. A good coaching staff and I bonded well with the players."
Elder visited Tech's campus last fall. This time around, he said he learned much more about the school.
"This time I got to sit down with the coaches and hang out with the players," Elder said. "I got to see more of the campus and see what's around the campus."
After his official visit to Georgia Tech, Elder went on a visit to Auburn to take where one of his former teammates is a walk-on for the Tigers. Elder has said he thinks he would be a good fit in first-year head coach Gus Malzahn's offensive system.
"It's a great coaching staff, great facilities," he said. "It was nice."
McGraw's recruitment kicked into high gear last summer when he received his first scholarship offer -- from Alabama. Since then, scholarship offers have continued to steadily come in. The 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore now has approximately a dozen scholarship offers. Florida State could be following suit.
"I really don't know much about them," McGraw said of the Noles. "They picked up Jalen so they're familiar with the players in this area. Hopefully they'll be around here soon."
McGraw isn't as close to Ramsey as Elder but the two defensive backs have talked. When asked if he thought Ramsey would try to recruit him to Tallahassee, McGraw said he wouldn’t be surprised if Ramsey did.