Pender Remains Solid to FSU

Florida State's third commitment of the 2012 class was Island Coast's Mario Pender. The 6'0, 190 pounder is considered one of the nation's elite RBs because of his deep speed and vision. NoleDigest spent Thursday with the talented athlete.

Mario Pender traveled to FSU last summer for their camp, "I was not at my best for the camp last year, but Coach Gran must have seen enough of me to offer. That was when I really was on the radar for FSU."

Pender has several goals for the 2010 season, "We made it far last year in the playoffs, but did not finish it. This year we plan on finishing the deal, winning it all. I want the single game rushing record of 450 yards by Tyson Butler and I know the game I am going to do it in."


Pender is one of the nation's top backs
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The big news at Island Coast has been the transfer of Jordan Diggs, "I can't be happier with JD coming to Island Coast. He is a worker and I know he is excited about his choice to come here. We can do some great things together."

One thing that is not in question is Pender's leadership skills, on Thursday you could see on the practice field why he is considered a great team mate, "Between the lines I am all business, I'm a football player, I like to keep guys loose, but focused, and I know how to get these guys motivated."

NoleDigest was at the semi-final loss to University in early December and it was Pender who addressed the team after the game, "I kept telling the guys to hold their head high, get their head up, we fought hard, we came up a little short, but we can still be proud of what we accomplished."

Florida State received some good news as well recently, "I am on track to graduate early and start school in January. I think it provides a great opportunity to go through Spring ball. I want to fight for a job on the team and I think this will give me opportunity to do so."

In terms of recruiting, Pender is considered a solid commitment, "I'm committed to FSU, I don't see that changing."

The goals are simple this summer, "Because of track I have not added as much weight as I would have liked, I am going to work on that this summer. I also would like to go to FSU's camp and show them what I can do up close."

NoleDigest will have more from Pender throughout his senior season including a live report from his game with South Ft. Myers.


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