The wait continues

FSU recruiting coordinator John Lilly is on vacation this week, but you would never guess it. He was in the office Tuesday and heads to Daytona Beach in a few days for a high school coaches clinic. He's also waiting word on incoming signees whose academic status remains unresolved. "We have a decent idea now what we think is going to probably happen but I think that (news) will bring some finality to it," Lilly said.

Florida State recruiting coordinator John Lilly is on vacation this week -- at least in spirit. Lilly has remained in the office and will head to Daytona Beach Thursday for the Florida high school coaches clinic.

Of course, Lilly also continues to await word on incoming signees whose academic status remains unresolved. Defensive tackle Chris Anderson of Jacksonville is the lone recruit certain not to qualify and is expected to enroll in junior college in Kansas.

Additionally, receiver DiShon Platt of Punta Gorda and tight end Lonnie Davis of Jacksonville remain in academic limbo. And there is also concern surrounding defensive lineman Chris Tuner of Jacksonville.

"I would think probably by another week or so we will have a real good idea," Lilly said Tuesday. "We have a decent idea now what we think is going to probably happen but I think that (news) will bring some finality to it. In my mind, I am thinking four or five (recruits with academic concerns)."

FSU did receive good news Tuesday morning, however, when tailback Thomas Clayton, a Super Prep All-American from Alexandria, Va., informed running backs coach Billy Sexton that he had been cleared academically. Lilly said he expected Clayton to be admitted into FSU.

"You felt like he was line to get everything done," Lilly said.

"We felt like that one was going to be okay all along. It would have been one you kind of prepared yourself for but we've had situations before where we thought a guy was going to be okay but he wasn't. We felt like from everything we had been able to tell everything was going to be alright. That wasn't one we were thinking it was going to be a bad deal but you are always prepare yourself so you don't get shocked."

Lilly also is keeping tabs on receiver Chauncey Stovall, who is attending Hinds Community College and hopes to enroll at FSU this fall. Lilly added that none of the incoming recruits enrolled in the summer's second session, which begins next week, due to the season's early start -- Aug. 24 against Iowa State. Locals Wyatt Sexton and Pat Watkins have been regulars in the team's summer workouts.

"I think the majority of them that I've been talking to regularly are still. ... they are wanting to come in the week after July 4th, which is about three weeks early," Lilly said.

"Nobody came into summer school early this year, and there were a lot of reasons for that. I think the primary reason was because summer school is not going to end until a week into practice. That doesn't affect our returning players because they report the last day of summer school, the way it works on our calendar. Freshman report the beginning of that week, and if they were in summer school they would be tied up essentially all week."


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