Orange City (Fla.) University 2018 4-star running back Lorenzo Lingard has long been considered a Florida State lean, and the Seminoles helped themselves quite a bit with his visit today.
“You know after today I feel way more comfortable than I did,” Lingard said. “It felt like home almost today. Last week I was at Florida, and right now it’s Florida and Florida State, but today I’m more comfortable at Florida State.”
Lingard really enjoyed seeing the players, and watching the running backs work in a practice setting.
“It was good seeing the players,” Lingard said. “Being around them in their natural environment. Just seeing the hype of the practice, it was great. Just seeing the players. I learned some stuff during the running back drills too. So coming here actually helped me out today.”
He was very impressed with the Florida State offensive line as well as running backs coach Jay Graham, and what he has done with the running backs.
"The intensity and the linemen,” Lingard said. “The linemen did a great job blocking, and just the running back traits those guys have. Coach Graham taught those guys well. I saw them use all their tools and stuff to get away from defenders.”
Florida State was his favorite school growing up, and the pieces are falling into place for the talented running back.
"When I was a child I used to watch them,” Lingard said. “…Right now I have the key components. I’ve come to a game, I’ve watched them practice, and I’ve been around the coaches so that’s all you can get from a recruiting standpoint. That’s the pieces to the puzzle right now.”
Florida State has really made an impression on Lingard, and has him asking himself this question.
“What more can I ask for than here?” Lingard said. “Everything is here. There’s great people and great players. That’s the main part of it.”
Lingard plans to visit Miami on March 22, and also planned to visit Alabama and Clemson. Those visits fell through with both schools being on spring break next week.
He did not set a date for his decision, but did set a time table for his commitment.
“Nothing really, but probably within the next two months or so,” Lingard said. “I have to talk to my family.”
Lingard is listed at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, and is one of just 20 players with star rankings on Scout for the 2018 class.