'Noles to Add Local Standout

Last year Florida State recruited many running backs, from the likes of Noel Devine, Robert Elliot and Enrique Davis. To the coaches chagrin, each highly recruited player chose to go elsewhere. Therefore, the need for a top-flight running back prospect was a high priority for the 2008 recruiting class. 

Good news is on the way. On Tuesday, it will be announced  that British Footman, a running back from Godby High in Tallahassee, FL, has  made the decision to join FSU's 2008 class. 

Footman is a member of the Super  Six which recognizes the top players in the Tallahassee area. Footman was  also named to the 3A all-state team after a successful junior campaign.

As a sophomore, Footman burst onto the scene rushing for over 1,600 yards  and 17 touchdowns. He then followed that up with almost 1,000 yards rushing  season in his junior year. Footman also was a top performer as a defensive  back and special teams. 

Footman is a very passionate player and can be  emotional on the field. He is a fire starter at times. He has good hands  coming out of the backfield. 

As a defensive back he is way beyond his years  and has good hips. One of Footman's weaknesses is that he can play down to  his competition if the team isn't challenged. 

He knows how to read blocks  well, as Godby runs more of a college type offense (lots of sets,  stretch/zone running plays, etc). Godby High has turned out several highly ranked and recruited players,  among them being Bryan Johnson, Jamie Richardson, Roy Upchurch, and DeAndre  McDaniel. 

Footman may be one of, if not, the best of the bunch. Godby head  coach Shelton Crews states that, "Footman has God-given talent. Some of the  things he does in unbelievable. As a corner, safety, running back, return  man or quarterback, he gets it done."

The longtime Nole fan who has been known to have pictures of former FSU  players like Antonio Cromartie and Ernie Sims in his locker.

Footman needs to improve academically to project as a qualifier for the Class of 2008, but he has shown enough potential that the Seminole Coaching staff has stayed in touch with the Godby standout. That support  and constant contact impressed Footman as well as his head coach. 

Coach  Crews states that. "He is the first player I have had commit to Florida  State. I am very excited about this new coaching staff. I like Jimbo Fisher  a lot. He is a good person, a good coach and is the right fit for FSU."

at 6-0 and 190 pounds Footman versatile enough that some scouts consider him to be a better defensive back than a running back, even though all the Godby coaches believed he was better than Roy Upchurch (when he was a senior) at the end of his sophomore year.

One of  the things that makes him a good running back is he can do just about do anything and he has good vision. Coach Crews backs that statement up by saying, "I see him playing any position the coaches need. He is an impact player at anything he plays."

Please stay tuned to NoleDigest for further coverage on the 12th commitment to the 2008 class.

Footman has been on the radar of Scout.com for two years already. See him in action in this video from his sophomore and junior seasons:

- Sophomore

- JR vs Mosley

- JR vs Wakulla


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