Banquet Weekend

The <B>Florida State Seminoles </b> are welcoming nine recruits on official visits for banquet weekend. Three of the recruits have already committed to the Seminoles, including Land O' Lakes quarterback <b>Drew Weatherford. </b> The Seminoles will also welcome <B>Demario Pressley,</b> who is The No.1 ranked defensive tackle in the country. Click here for all the details.

Quarterback Drew Weatherford committed to the Seminoles last August.

That commitment was important because Weatherford, the Class 4A Player of the Year, has been an ambassador of sorts for the Seminoles. He talks with other recruits considering FSU in an effort to convince them into joining him in Tallahassee next season.

Weatherford, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound standout, led Land O' Lakes to the third round of the playoffs by passing for nearly 2,000 yards in a balanced attacked offense. His biggest strengths are his competitiveness and leadership abilities.

In the annual Fla/California All-Star game, Weatherford impressed Florida head coach David Wilson, of Tallahassee Lincoln High School. Wilson said Weatherford was the type of person who, if in the midddle of a crowded room, "you would want to meet because of his personality. He's an impressive young man."

Demario Pressley, a five-star prospect from Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley, is also the teammate of Seminole commitment Jamaal Edwards, considered one of the country's top running backs.

The duo has been friends since grade school. Pressley, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound standout, is taking his last official visit this weekend. He will most likely decide between North Carolina and FSU on National Signing Day, Wednesday Feb. 4.

At the Army All-American All-star game, Pressley was the roommate of Orlando Edgewater defensive tackle Aaron Jones, who is rumored to be a Seminole lean despite published reports. Pressley, of course, is big, fast and athletic. He's apparently flexible as well, since there are reports he can do splits.

Edwards, menanwhile, was the first player to verbally commit to FSU. However, he has been taking some recruiting trips to look around, an approached shared by many and encouraged. But don't fear.

Edwards, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, has recently confirmed he's committed to the Seminoles. Edwards, who has attended the FSU football camp every year since the 8th grade, rushed for more than 100 yards in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl in December.

Lamar Lewis is another FSU commitment at running back. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy senior with 4.4 speed helped lead his team to two consecutive state championships. He is also the program's career rushing leader. Lewis, also considered an accomplished defensive back as well, is the cousin of FSU cornerback Gerard Ross.

Geoff Berniard, a massive 6-foot-8, 310-pound tackle from Lafayette (LA) St. Thomas Moore, has been a heavy FSU lean for some time. He has already visited Tulane and South Carolina. The Territory expects Berniard to commit to the Seminoles shortly after his visit.

Ernest Mitchell, a defensive tackle prospect from Newnan, Ga., is another prospect thought to be leaning towards FSU. The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder has also visited Arkansas and Clemson.

Mitchell attended the FSU football camp last summer. He recorded 146 tackles, 10 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss during his senior season.

Nadar Abdullah is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive tackle from Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel. He has already visited officially Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan State and Ohio State. He was selected to play in the Army All-American All-star game for the west squad.

Octavious Balkcom, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete with 4.7 speed, hails from Blakely (GA) Early County.

Last week he told The that his final two teams are Auburn and FSU.

"I like the coaches at Florida State, especially Coach Jody Allen,' he said "He's a great guy."

Auburn is recruiting Balkcom at linebacker while FSU is recruiting him as a defensive end. The Georgia native is an excellent athlete who could also project as a tight end.

Tony Carter, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound cornerback, is one of the top pure cover-corners in the country.

The Jacksonville Mandarin standout starred at the National All-All star game in San Antonio by recording several tackles and breaking up a pass.

Over the summer, Carter won the Florida Nike Camp MVP award by running the fastest 40-yard dash time and covering receivers like a glove in one on one drills.

Carter has been considered a heavy lean towards FSU for quite some time. His father played basketball for the Seminoles in the 1980's. Carter will announce his intentions on Countdown to Signing Day, which is aired on Wednesday night on Sunshine Sports Network.

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