Timmons Set To Announce

Linebacker <b>Lawrence Timmons</b> of Florence, S.C., informed TheTerritory today he has known his choice of college for the past month. Does that bode well for the Florida State Seminoles, who were Timmons' early favorite? Timmons, considered one of the nation's top players, is scheduled to make his announcement on local television Thursday.

Lawrence Timmons finally made it back home Tuesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. from his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.

While poor weather impacted Timmons' return trip, it had little to do or will sway his decision concerning his choice of college.

Timmons stressed he thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Knoxville, citing the team's atmosphere, facilities and tradition.

Timmons, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker, said he will select between FSU, Tennessee and Florida on local television Thursday.

While Timmons is set to decide, he still may also take one final trip to Clemson this weekend as well.

Timmons, however, said early on in the recruiting process he intended to play out-of-state at the collegiate level.

"I have known for over a month wehere I want to go," Timmons said. "The factors will be the atmosphere, where I feel most comfortable and where I will get the most help academically."

The surging Seminoles are looking to finish the final recruiting week with an emphasis on defense, and Timmons certainly would be considered an important piece.

Thus far, FSU has received defensive commitments from cornerback Trevor Ford of Miami Northwestern, safety Jonathan Warren of Madison County and defensive end Darrell Robertston of Jonesboro, Ga.

The Seminoles, of course, lose all three starting linebackers to graduation and return two of the nation's most promising young players in A. J. Nicholson and Ernie Sims.

Timmons should have no problems academically qualifying with a 3.2 grade point average and an 18 on the ACT Test.

TheTerritory recruiting analyst Dave Peters contributed to this report.

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