Did Oregon change Blount's mind?

A week ago LaGarrette Blount pulled the trigger and announced that he was attending FSU. The weekend after the commitment he made a trip out west to visit the University of Oregon. NoleDigest caught up with Blount to talk about his commitment and why he made the decision to take a visit a few days after the announcement was made.

Blount is one of the best JUCO running backs in the nation for the 2008 recruiting class. With the commitment of the standout FSU has one of the better stables of running backs coming in next year. For LaGarrette FSU seemed like the best fit for him. He says, "That is where I was leaning at first. With FSU I've seen that I'm probably going to have more playing time and my parents will be able to come see me play."

After Jimbo Fisher went to Mississippi to visit Blount there was some confusion on whether he received the offer from Fisher. When he spoke to the FSU offensive coordinator a few days later things cleared up. "I didn't know for sure if he had offered me when he was here. When he told me on the phone that I had the offer I committed to him on the phone. FSU gives that chance to play close to home. I was stressing out a little bit wondering if it was coming or not, but now I'm committed," said Blount.

What came to a shock to many people that follow FSU was that right after Blount committed to the school he was a heavy lean to, he made a trip out west to visit Oregon. He talks about that, saying, "I decided that I needed to take the trip out there. I was on the computer doing some research and I saw that they are losing some guys possibly. Jonathan Stewart may go pro and Jeremiah Johnson I think is leaving. They offer me a good chance to come in and play. The visit went pretty well and it was fun. The coaches treated me real nice. I hung out with Dennis Dixon, Stewart, Ed Dickson and some other guys who were all good people. I wouldn't mind playing with a group of players like that. But overall I still feel FSU offers me the best shot overall."

The visit went well for Blount, and it looks as though it gave him something to think about. "The visit did in fact give some things to consider in terms of my commitment. I think Stewart should go pro, but I'm not sure what he's doing. After doing the thinking and all that it never really crossed my mind to switch commitments. The coaches at FSU knew I was doing this and they were cool with it. I'm taking visits other than my official to FSU on the 14th (of December)," mentions Blount.

When asked about the situation with his grades, LaGarrette stated that he is still on pace to graduate in a few weeks and get to FSU in January. He stated, "The online class I have been taking is English Comp II and it's going well. I feel pretty good that I'll pass it. I finish it up on Friday. I don't know when I will have my final grade, but it'll be soon. I should know after my visit what the deal is."

As one of the several official visitors this weekend LaGarrette has some things he is looking for during his time in Tallahassee. "I am excited about this visit. I want to check out the backs they have now and they guys they have coming in. I want to look at the playing time situation. I also want to look into their physical education program because that is going to be my major. I'll probably ask about the roommate situation because I am cool with some guys there already. I'm firmly 100% committed and ready to get there and get going," said Blount.

While Blount went to Oregon to check out their running back situation, he seems to be locked into coming to FSU for the spring semester. As long as the online class comes out okay, look for him to be the 3rd early enrollee joining Nigel Bradham and Terrance Parks from the 2008 class.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with LaGarrette as we anticipate his graduation from JUCO at the end of the month.


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