One player that fits that mold is South Carolina native Markish Jones.
The speedy wide receiver has been a soft verbal commitment to the Clemson Tigers and has said that if signing day was today, he would sign with the home-state team. But that doesn't mean that FSU is out of it – not by a long shot.
"I really like FSU because they have good tradition," Jones told Renegade Report Wednesday night. "Oh yeah, I am still interested in them. I could probably play right away. They have a good new coaching staff that I like."
Jones recently made the trip to Tallahassee to see the FSU campus first-hand. It was a trip that he "had a great time" making.
The 6-foot-1 and 190-pound speedster will be very busy as the recruiting season comes to close. He is slated to visit Tennessee this weekend and then Alabama the weekend after that.
"It's going to be crazy," he said, "but it's good that I get to check them all out."
In between his visits to see the Volunteers and the Crimson Tide, Jones will be making time for a certain coaching legend as Bobby Bowden will stop by his house in Spartanburg, S.C. sometime next week.
"It's going to be good to have him here," Jones said. "He's one of the best coaches."
Jones said that he will make his final decision on National Signing Day. He should have no problem qualifying.
Will Jones trade in the blue and white of Broome High school for the garnet and gold of Florida State? That answer comes Feb. 7.