Cool and Confident

The Florida State Seminoles threw a fullcourt press on two-sport standout <b>Cornelius Ingram</b> of Hawthorne today. Coach Bobby Bowden and four assistant coaches spent most of the day with Ingram, who shared his thoughts with TheTerritory on the recruiting process and the news of <b>Xavier Lee</b> committing to the Seminoles a day earlier.

Even Cornelius Ingram was impressed by Florida State's turnout today at Hawthorne High School.

Bowden and a handful of assistant coaches, including recruiting coordinator John Lilly and defensive ends coach Jody Allen, spent the day with Ingram.

The quarterback-basketball standout will decide between FSU and Florida next Wednesday.

The day started with lunch at the school and ended with Ingram, Lilly and Allen watching a Hawthorne girls basketball game. The personable Bowden spent some of the time signing autographs for students during his time at the school.

"I don't think they've ever sent that many coaches to see one player," Ingram told TheTerritory Monday night.

"They came out to the school and we ate lunch together. Ccoach Bowden signed autographs and he left on (state) plane around 3:30 or 4 p.m. Coach Allen and coach Lilly stayed around and watched the girls game with me."

Ingram was highly complimentary of Allen, who has been recruiting Ingram since the process started last fall, saying "he has been doing a great job."

Ingram said Florida head coach Ron Zook is scheduled to visit with him at school on Wednesday. Ingram indicated he may also visit South Florida Wednesday night.

Of course, FSU fans want to know Ingram's reaction to the news of Xavier Lee's decision to attend FSU next year. Lee, who made his announcement Sunday night, is the second quarterback to commit to the Seminoles, joining Drew Weatherford of Land O' Lakes.

Ingram told TheTerritory that Lee's decision "might be a small factor but not much" when he makes his choice the morning of National Signing Day, Wednesday Feb. 4.

Ingram called the race between FSU and UF "real close."

Ingram, who wants to play both basketball and football at the collegiate level, stressed he wants to redshirt his initial season so "I can pick up the system."

TheTerritory recruiting analyst Dave Peters contributed to this report.


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