FSU Commit Talks Cal In-Home

Johnathan Vickers has been committed to Florida State for nearly five months, but that didn't stop Cal running backs coach Pierre Ingram from making his case.

On Tuesday night, Florida State running back commit Johnathan Vickers, his brother – a Louisville commit – and his mother sat down with California running backs coach Pierre Ingram and had his eyes opened, if just a bit.

"He was just giving me the information on the academics, and the plan if I were to go to Cal. Basically, life out there in California, being the No. 1 public school in the nation, we basically talked about all that," Vickers said.

The three-star tailback rushed for 1,504 yards on 178 carries, and caught 27 balls for 329 yards, totaling 26 touchdowns, but those numbers aren't his most impressive stat. That honor belongs to his GPA: A sterling 4.0.

"He liked the fact that if I go there, I'm already taking college courses right now, so if I go there, it'll be a breeze. It'll definitely make the route easier with grades," Vickers said.

Though Vickers said he's still very much committed to the Seminoles, he is now in the process of setting up an official visit for the last visit weekend in January, the same weekend quarterback Luke Rubenzer is tentatively slated to visit.

"I'm still committed, but I still want to make sure it's the right decision," Vickers said. "I want to go out there and see what's out there, as well as stay committed to Florida State."

Ingram expressed to Vickers just exactly what he liked about the 5-foot-11, 200-pound back: He's a grinder.

"Basically, they need a workhorse who can grind on the field, and that's something that really caught his eye," Vickers said. "They also looked at my grades and saw that I work really hard in the classroom. He said I'm a Cal kid, and that I fit the program and I can come in and play early, to carry the load for a while and help the team out. They actually care about my grades, and I fit that mold really well."

Ingram also went over other aspects of the Cal experience that Vickers will get to see up close in just over a month.

"He came around about 7, came in and sat down, and basically got right to the point," Vickers said. " I actually had my brother over, and he said that he wants some kids from the South that know how to grind and play football, and my brother's a Louisville commit, so it was good to have him over. We had my mom and his mom, and they talked about Cal. It's a long distance, so he was breaking it down and it wouldn't be as much of a problem as we'd think.

"He showed us a video of the NFL Draft rate from Cal, and how it is out there, how we're treated out there, how we'll live, dormitory-wise, and he really broke it down. They have great businessmen that we'll meet and we'll have great contacts if I come through Cal. He really broke it down for us."

So, what's the final verdict?

"It definitely got me thinking," Vickers said. "I want to get out there for a visit and see before I make a final decision."

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