The Tallahassee area isn't short on prep talent this year and Florida State has already made a splash in their backyard with recent commitments from Wakulla standouts Nigel Bradham and C.J. Holton.
Seminole coaches hope their luck will continue with North Florida Christian wide receiver Melvin Ray. The 6-foot-3 and 199-pounder is a big, proven playmaker and is listed as the 80th-best prospect in the country according to Scout.com.
Ray has already garnered interest from some of the southeast's top football programs and will continue to gain notoriety as time goes by. But as it turns out, it's more than likely going to be a two-team race for his services.
"Really, FSU is at the top of my list," Ray told NoleDigest.com. "I have them up there with Florida. There are some other schools that have shown interest in me that I like but it's between Florida State and Florida. They are my top two."
So, what exactly does the four-star standout like most about each of the in-state school?
Florida: "I think every prospect in this class is going to look at Florida right now because they just won the championship. They are a good team. I think if I went there I could fight for a job early. As of right now they don't have too many big receivers so I could fill that role. Them being on top only makes them more attractive."
Florida State: "I have followed FSU since I was a kid. I go over to their practices a lot and I am around them whenever I get a chance. They have had some down years but I think that everyone goes through that. But they are always good. There's a lot of tradition there and a lot of good receivers have gone to FSU."
With UF's recent success and FSU's struggles, it comes as no surprise that the Seminoles have struggled to win some head-to-head recruiting battles with the Gators in recent years.
But following the worst season (7-6) in 30 years came an offseason whirlwind of changes on the coaching staff and the newly infused ideologies is making a recruiting impact already.
Just ask Ray.
"I will tell you what, I have seen a lot of schools and met a lot of coaches," Ray said. "But FSU has the best coaching staff of all of them and probably the best in the entire country. There are three guys that are legends in the making. It would be great to play for them."
Ray's kind words for FSU coaches also extends to his current head coach, former FSU quarterback Casey Weldon.
"He's a great coach," Ray said.
Weldon's connection to the Seminoles only fuels speculation that Ray is a lock to be in the garnet and gold come signing day. But you won't hear the coach telling the player where he should go.
"I know he would like it if I went to FSU but he never says schools by name," Ray said. "He just tells me to pick the best place for me and one that has the best education."
Ray, who transferred from nearby Chiles High School to NFC, said that he will likely decide after the football season this year so that he can see how FSU's season plays out.
If the new coaching staff's influence continues to translate to big things for the Tribe, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ray's name on the back of a Seminole jersey just like his coach's once was.
Melvin Ray likes new Seminole coaching staff
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