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Prized receiver <b>Decody Fagg</b> took the long road to Florida State. He signed with his childhood favorite Seminoles from Quincy Shanks High School last February but attended Hargrave Military Academy after failing to meet NCAA entrance requirements. Fagg also sustained a broken leg at Hargrave, missing the entire football season. Well, Fagg finally made it to FSU in January and is now participating in spring drills. And it's no surprise he's expected to contribute immediately.

Nobody could wipe the grin from Decody Fagg's face.

And who could blame him?

Fagg, a former Big Bend Player of the Year from Quincy Shanks, is fulfilling a childhood dream by playing for the Florida State Seminoles.

His journey hasn't been easy.

Fagg didn't meet NCAA entrance requirements and had to attend Hargrave Military Academy last fall. He also sustained a broken leg in summer practice and missed the entire season.

That seems like ions ago.

Fagg earned his qualifying test score, enrolled in January and has recovered from his injury.

"I felt a little bit rusty at first because I sat out a year and a half, but my first day back I feel I did all right," Fagg said.

"It's not as good as I think I should have. I was a little slow getting off the ball. But it's my time to shine. I've been doing rehab on my leg, and its just a dream come true"

The difference between high school and collegiate football? That's easy, Fagg said grinning.

"It's more competitive out here than in high school," Fagg said. "The guys are gonna be on you and there is a lot of holding, but you can't complain - just gotta work your way up."

Fagg will get that opportunity to work his way up the depth chart, as the receiver position has been hit by injuries and P.K. Sam's early defection to the NFL.

"It's a great opportunity. I am getting a lot of reps," Fagg said.


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