Pressley: FSU feels like home

Tavares Pressley is one of the top JUCO running backs this year and was an All-Conference performer this pat season at El Camino. This weekend the 4-star FSU commitment made his official visit to check out the Noles in person. NoleDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts on the program and when he plans on making another visit before the summer.

Securing two to three running backs in this class was vital to the future of the program, especially with the recent loss of Jaamal Edwards leaving the team. In Pressley the Noles got a complete back. He says the visit was great, saying, "I had a great time. This was the first time I've ever been to FSU. I was amazed by it. I've never seen Division 1 facilities that look like theirs. Even though people had gone home for the holidays the atmosphere was great."

One aspect that Tavares wanted to check out was how he got along with the other players on the team. His host was Taiwan Easterling, and he says they got along well. "Taiwan was my host. We got along really well. We went out and he showed me a good time. It was important that I got to hang out with some of these players because I am going to be here in 6 months. Being away in JUCO this visit really felt like home," stated Pressley.

Another official visitor in town this weekend was fellow JUCO running back LaGarrette Blount. Even though they'll be competitors next year, Pressley and Blount hit it off. He says, "LaGarrette and I hit it off. His host (Bert Reed) and my host are roommates so we spent a lot of time together. I'd say we were together just about the whole time. It was great and I think both of us are ready to come in and contribute right away."

Coming in and playing as soon as they get here is a reason why both JUCO standouts are coming to FSU. For Pressley the relationship he's developed with Jimbo Fisher and the way he coaches is another reason he'll don the Nole uniform in the fall. "Coach Fisher and I have a good relationship, as well as Coach Carter. We talk more about life than football and I like how Coach Fisher just gives it to you straight forward. What was exciting was meeting Bobby Bowden for the first time. He was asking me about how I was in high school and how I got to where I am at. He was trying to learn about my past and about my family. He is a great guy. With the coaches, they know what they're doing. When I was watching practice on Saturday I liked how they coached their players and ran the practice. I spent a lot of time watching the backs and I feel I'll be able to come in and add to the good backs we already have," expressed Pressley.

While Tavares didn't have too much time to speak before boarding a plane, he said that this visit locked his commitment up and that he can't wait to be a Nole. He said, "Overall this was a great visit. I'd rate it a 9.5. I was never having second thoughts or anything but this visit really showed me that FSU was the place for me. I love Tallahassee and I loved my time there this weekend. After my break is over I'm going to get back to California and get my grades finished up. I think when I come home in the spring my mom and I are going to drive up so she can check out the school and everything. I may make this unofficial for the spring game but I'm not sure yet."

With a great official out of the way all there is left to do for Tavares is finish up strong before coming to Florida State in the summer. Look for him to come in and play big minutes next fall, as the coaches have expressed to him they're expecting him to be a key player next year.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on Tavares and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.

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