FSU separating from the rest for Dawkins

Everett Dawkins is a kid that FSU has really turned the heat up on since the summer, and it has paid off with the 3-star DE ranking the Noles at the top of his list. Last weekend he was at the Miami game, taking an unofficial to his current favorite during a rivalry weekend. NoleDigest caught up with the Byrnes, SC star to get his thoughts on the game, his visit and his plans moving forward.

"Man that visit was a great visit. I would have to say it was awesome overall with the commitments, the crowd and the overall atmosphere. It was a very good time. I would say that so far that was the best visit I've had. I like FSU a lot," stated Dawkins. With that statement, it's easy to see that last weekend was a success for Dawkins, no matter the score of the game.

When asked his thoughts on the game as a whole, Dawkins said, "The offense had those 5 turnovers, so it is hard to get it done no matter how good or bad teams are. It was a good game and it's a big rivalry. Those are the types of games that records don't matter. The defense gave up some points, but they were pretty good. They came out with a lot of enthusiasm to start, but I think they kind of got tired and worn down because the offense was turning it over so much."

The number of recruits at the game last weekend was very impressive. For Everett, a few guys stuck out to him in. "E.J. Manuel, Keith Wells and a couple guys were talking to me a lot before the game. Those guys are really cool guys. What I like is that they weren't pushing me hard to commit and all of that, as we just talked about what I was up to in general and stuff like that," said Dawkins.

One of the biggest aspects of the visit for Dawkins was the crowd at FSU. They made a lasting impression on the star defensive end saying, "The atmosphere was great and the fans there are really crazy. They really support the team and hate losing to Miami. I saw some fans after upset throwing beer and stuff. That doesn't bother me, though. I like they care that much about the team and if they win or lose."

Going into last weekend some wondered if Dawkins was going to end the speculation and commit to the Noles. Even though he did not pull the trigger, he had a lot of good things to say and even hinted at when a commitment may come, "Right now I am just thinking about it. I'm going to probably do it pretty soon. Even though that was an unofficial, the visit did a lot for me and it made my decision time a lot shorter. I am not going to come right out and say that it's FSU, but I will say they stand a great chance. It's not going to be long."

Everett's primary recruiter is defensive ends coach Jody Allen. Dawkins speaks very highly of Allen as the two have built a pretty good relationship since Dawkins dominated the FSU camp this summer. "Man, coach and I have a good relationship. He was talking to me a lot while I was there asking me how things were going. I got a good feel for the coaches as a whole while I was there. Talking to Bobby was a dream. It was just a good time talking to the coaches," stated Dawkins.

While he does admit he came close to becoming, at the time, commitment number 18 to the FSU class, he does intend on making some more unofficial to other schools as well as making an official to FSU. Dawkins talked about his plans, "I am taking one (an official) to FSU for sure. I'm not sure I'll be able to get there for anymore unofficials. I have a few other games in mind I want to see, but I need to figure that out as the time comes."

With the need for defensive ends in the 2008 class, adding Dawkins to a class of Wells, Stevens and possibly Coulter would be a major haul for the Noles. As it stands today, it looks as if it's just a matter of time before he makes it official and becomes a Nole. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the remainder of Dawkins' senior season, as well as the other top targets in the 2008 class.

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