Mario Pender started the weekend with a track meet Friday night at Charlotte HS where he faced off with Sammy Watkins in the 100, "I had a bad start and that was all he needed to win. My best race is still in front of me and have three more weeks to get faster."
After the meet he headed up to Florida State for Saturday's practice, "It was awesome. Real intense. It was a great opportunity to see how they work out and compete. I liked how the staff worked together and there were a lot of different personalities out there."
After practice he sat down with Coach Eddie Gran, "It was a great meeting. We talked about things I can do to get better and how I fit into their plans. Coach G is the best there is. I'm going to reach my full potential with him."
"It was a great visit and I am looking forward to getting back to FSU, maybe for the Spring Game."
Pender rushed for more than 2,000 yards and more than 13 yards a carry, what are his goals for his senior season? "A state title. Plain and simple. We got close last year(state semi's) and even though we are moving up in class, we are going to be better."
"I have three more weeks of track and then I will focus on football the rest of the way. There are several things I want to work on in the Spring and I want to get a little bigger by the start of the season. Our first game will be played at Disney World on TV vs. an out of state team."
Pender has a high profile on the field, but has kept a low profile camp wise and media wise, "Since the season I have mainly focused on track so I have not been able to attend any camps or combines."
"I committed to FSU and am going there. What is there to talk about?"
Island Coast will play East Lee County in the Spring Game and look for Pender in the state finals in the 100 and 200.