"I almost didn't recognize him -- dressed in his military uniform," a smiling Don Fagg said Friday. "It's great to see him."
And an upbeat DeCody Fagg told TheTerritory Friday morning it's great to be home, even for a quick vist.
Fagg continues to recover from a fractured right fibula suffered in practice Aug. 16. A highly-regarded receiver from Quincy Shanks High School, Fagg underwent surgery three weeks ago and a full recovery is expected.
Although he won't play at Hargrave this season, Fagg, in a leg cast and on crutches, remains in good spirits.
"It was difficult at first but everything is going great," Fagg said Friday morning.
"When I was first (injured), it was frustrating because I couldn't leave my (dorm) room or get around. I was homesick but everything is fine. I am concentrating on my studies and everyone there is very helpful. Doctors have told me I will be fully recovered by spring practice."
Hargrave, of course, is a renowned prep school that also features the most successful post-graduate football program in the nation.
Although signing with Florida State last February, Fagg failed to earn a passing mark on his final attempts at the SAT and ACT. Hargrave offers an intense post-graduate program that helps student-athletes earn NCAA eligibility requirements. Fagg hopes to enroll at FSU in January.
Fagg hooked up with family and friends Thursday, and he plans to attend tonight's prep game between East Gadsden and Wakulla. Fagg may also attend the FSU-Colorado game. The family is driving back to Chatham, Va., Saturday night.
Of course, Fagg is keeping a close eye on the Seminoles. He was happy to see FSU rally past Georgia Tech, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final 7:03. After a slow start, Chris Rix and the offense finally started to click.
"The receivers struggled (early) but they really stepped it up in the second half," Fagg said.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Fagg, was selected the Big Bend Offensive Player of the Year by The Tallahassee Democrat last prep season season. He caught 41 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed 25 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns and was a constant threat on special teams. He also was second-team All-Big Bend in basketball and ran track as well for Shanks.
Fagg was injured when tackled following a pass reception on the final play of practice.
"I went up and his (defender) helmet hit my lower leg -- I heard the pop and I knew," Fagg said. "Everything happens for a reason. I am doing fine now, concentrating on my classes and grades."