Mr. Excitement

It's no secret DeCody Fagg is one of the most exciting and explosive prep player in the state of Florida this year. Fagg finished with 250 all-purpose yards in Quincy Shanks' 40-20 victory over Wakulla last Friday. In an interview with TheTerritory Sunday, Fagg lists his top three favorites and talks about the recruiting process. Click here to find out where FSU stands on his list and whether the Seminoles have offered the three-sport star.

DeCody Fagg is extremely soft-spoken off the football field.

He's quite the opposite on it, where his actions are loud and clear.

Fagg, 17, showed why he's considered one of the state's most entertaining and explosive players last Friday night.

The Quincy Shanks senior caught a 92-yard touchdown pass, returned a 75-yard punt for a touchdown and finished with 250 all-purpose yards to lead Shanks (1-0) to a convincing 40-20 victory over Wakulla (0-1) -- this after scoring three touchdowns in the team's jamboree two weeks earlier.

FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden attended Fagg's game against Wakulla. It's probably a good bet he liked what he saw, too. Fagg's speed and toughness were on display, breaking several tackles on his touchdown reception.

Fagg plays receiver, cornerback/free safety and returns kicks for the Tigers. He'a also an accomplished basketball player and runs track.

"DeCody's speed seems to be improving every game," said Don Fagg, DeCody's father. "He seems to have more football speed type, than track speed. It look likes when the ball gets into the air, he gets faster"

DeCody certainly has athletic bloodlines.

Don Fagg played football and baseball at Quincy Shanks and Alabama State. He also played one season with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League. DeCody's mother – Audry – was a star basketball player at Shanks. DeCody's younger sister also is an accomplished basketball player.

Naturally, Fagg's athleticism is attracting national attention.

He lists FSU, Miami and Georgia as his top three favorites. Fagg, who made an unofficial visit to FSU for the Seminoles' home-opener against Virginia two Saturdays ago, said he "always has loved FSU since I was little." His all-time favorite receivers include Peter Warrick, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice.

Don Fagg said FSU has offered DeCody, while Georgia lists Fagg as its top recruit. Fagg plans to visit FSU, Miami (late October) Georgia and Auburn. He has not selected a fifth visit.

"It's exciting," Don Fagg said. "His favorite is Florida State but he still wants to wait and see what happens. He loves basktball but he knows football is probably his best chance (at college). I've talked to Jeff (Bowden) and FSU's offered a full scholarship, while Georgia told me DeCody is their top recruit on their list."

Fagg, a 6-3, 190-pounder, has sprinter's speed and great hands. He also has a 44-inch vertical leap.

"I like the jump balls (on pass patterns) and running deep routes," Fagg said. "In basketball, I just like going up and dunking on people. I am excited about this year. I worked hard over the summer, lifting, running hills and running pass routes with my quarterback. You just have to work hard and rely on your teammates."

Don Fagg believes his son's hard work is paying off. DeCody says he is retaking the ACT later this month.

"Cody worked real hard over the past two summers, changing his body," Don said. "He's in better condition. He used to have a real slim body because of basketball, but he has worked hard."


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