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The days have been long and hot for <b> Jhermaine McAroy.</b> But he's not complaining. A member of Florida State's incoming recruiting class, McAroy is a highly-touted cornerback from Pensacola Senior High School who has been in Tally since June. Spending time conditioning and working on a construction crew, McAroy is looking foward to the start of practice "It's something I have never seen before. It's definitely different (laughing) but I am getting used to it," McAroy said and smiled.

The days have been long and hot for Jhermaine McAroy.

But he's not complaining.

"I love the pace," McAroy said.

"It's something I have never seen before. It's definitely different (laughing) but I am getting used to it. It's getting me ready, getting me in shape, getting me excited about the start of practice. Because of this, I think I will be fully prepared."

McAroy is a member of Florida State's incoming recruiting class, a highly-touted cornerback from Pensacola Senior High School. While the 6-foot-2, 170-pound McAroy wasn't talked about as often as some other big-named players in Florida last season, there was no denying his talent.

McAroy had 62 tackles, five interceptions and did not allow a touchdown pass the entire season a year ago. In fact, he only had six passes completed on him. A talented athlete, McAroy also ran track -- 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump (49 feet) and two relays.

And there was no denying his interest in the Seminoles. Born in Tallahassee, McAroy's favorite player growing up was -- guess who? -- Deion Sanders. In fact, he measured his recruiting trips against FSU. It also should come as no surprise McAroy was one of the first freshmen to arrive on campus (June 6).

While a redshirt season is expected, McAroy is preparing to contribute.

FSU's summer conditioning workouts continue this week -- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Players will then scatter for a quick reprieve before reporting back to FSU Aug. 5.

"They are putting me through a full intensity everything," McAroy said with a wide grin and laugh.

"I am happy to be here, though. It's a pleasure working out with these guys. I am happy to be here. I am just trying to see what my chances are. Getting ready and used to it, so hopefully I can get time on the field."

McAroy also worked this summer on one of the University Center construction crews. Though no longer employed, the back-breaking work certainly left a lasting impression on the personable McAroy.

"Oh, man, you talk about long, long days," McAroy said.

"We had to come lift from 7:30 to 10 in the morning. We then worked (crew) from 10 to 4:30 in the afternoon. We would get to the (summer) workout for conditioning at 5 and passing drills at 6. Whew, that was a workout for sure.

"That job, whew. It was like five workouts a day. We were lifting and doing all kind of stuff -- carrying bricks, using a sledge hammer, walking (beams). That's what you would call a full conditioning workout. It's something I am going to remember."


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