Top Junior OL Talks FSU

Last summer there was a report on the internet that Lakeland (Fla.) twin brothers Lashawn and James Pouncey committed to Florida State. What's the real story? Are the All-State junior offensive linemen committed or not?

"We never officially committed to Florida State," offensive tackle James Pouncey said. "However, Florida State is our No.1 team. Everyone has a chance. We will go anywhere and we will tour Florida, Miami, USC, Notre Dame and possibly Michigan."

Despite not being committed, it still looks very good for the Garnet & Gold.

"Florida State is our dream school and we had a great time at the Florida State camp," he said. "We will attend the Florida State camp again this year. When they have their junior day, there will be like seven of us from Lakeland going up there."

The Pouncey twins really hit it off with Seminole offensive line coach Mark McHale.

"We worked with him the entire time," the 6-foot-4 and 270 pound defensive tackle said. "He taught us a lot of good stuff. Coach McHale is good guy and we might be playing for him someday."

Another factor working in the favor of the Seminoles is the fact that former Lakeland standout Kendrick Stewart is a freshman football player for Florida State.

"We talk with Kendrick almost every week," he said. "He's doing very well and he has put on over 50 pounds. He lost a bunch of weight during his senior and he's now 270 pounds. Kendrick loves Coach Haggins. Everyone in Lakeland loves Coach Haggins because he's from Bartow."

The Pouncey twins did well enough in San Antonio to earn the All-US Army combine team.

"We met Tom Lemming and he asked us why we had Florida State No.1 and we told him that it was our dream school," he said. "He also told us not to commit to Florida State early and we should go through the recruiting process."

James Pouncey is an excellent student who has a 3.0 grade point average.

"I will be taking the SAT test on January 28th," he said.


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