Although Xavier Beitia will be a senior next season and former All-American Chase Goggans redshirted last year, the Seminoles want to sign another kicker next month. They may have landed their top target in Gary Cismesia of Bradenton.
Gary Cismesia, one of four recruits to visit Florida State this weekend, told The Territory today that he's going to be a Nole.
"I enjoyed my visit and Florida State is going to give me an opportunity plus its in-state," he said. "I'm committed to Florida State now and it's the place to be."
What did he like about his trip to Tallahassee?
"My family and I really enjoyed the coaches," he said.
"We had a lengthy conversation with each coach. The opportunity is at Florida State for me now. I was originally committed to Georgia Tech but things change. I'm going to rate the trip a ten."
Cismesia, nicknamed "The Weed" due to a growth spurt, had originally committed to Georgia Tech. However, the Seminoles continued to remain in contact and Cismesia decided to visit Tallahassee this weekend after a meeting with FSU coach Bobby Bowden.
Cismesia, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, is known for his leg strength. He made a career-long 57-yard field goal as a junior at Lakewood Ranches, and added a 55-yarder as a senior. Cismesia, who pointed out he has made a 60-yarder in practice, also takes pride in his kickoffs
"I would say 85 to 90 percent of my kickoffs are touchbacks," Cismesia told The Territory last week. "Seventy percent of my kickoffs are out of the end zone. I've even put a few kick through the uprights."
Cismesia is an excellent student with a 3.5 grade-point average and a score of 1040 on The Sat Test. He would like to major computer technology.
FSU, meanwhile, will keep a close eye on Beitia and Goggans in spring drills.