Is Miami in the lead?

Early on in the recruiting process FSU was able to secure the commitment of three of the best safeties in the nation. One of those players is 4-star safety C.J. Holton, the top-ranked safety in the state of Florida this year. NoleDigest caught up with C.J. to talk about his recruitment, primarily in regards to how strong his commitment to FSU is and how strong the Hurricanes are recruiting him.

Being one of the top players in the state allots players like C.J. to get invited to All-Star games around the country. One of those games he is playing in this weekend is the North/South All-Star game in Lakeland, FL. For C.J. it has been a good experience for him and something he's enjoyed. He says, "I'm in Lakeland right now and it's been cool. I've met several different guys from around the state. Guys like Ramon Buchanon, Byron Jones, D.C. Jefferson, Ryan Baker and other guys are who I've spent most of my time with here. We've had two-a-days here most of the week and they've gone pretty well. I'm doing great and I've been playing both safety positions because there are only three of us here."

Lately there has been talk going around that his commitment to FSU has softened and that the Miami Hurricanes have made major headway into switching the commitment of Holton. C.J. addresses these rumors, saying, "I'm still committed to FSU right now, but I have a big decision coming soon. I am more open though then I've been with regards to Miami. With them it is just me following my heart; you know following my heart Miami is where I'm leaning towards."

For the Seminoles that is not good news. He is scheduled to make his official visit to FSU on January 11th, but it is still up in the air if he is going to make the visit. "I'm scheduled to make my official to FSU January 11th. I am not sure what it is but Miami has been recruiting me harder than anyone else. For me if I make the visit I need to really study their safety depth chart. That is the major issue for me. I've talked to players like Roger Williams and I have an idea of what is going on there (at FSU). I've been to FSU so many times and I know they have great coaches and all. With Miami, I'm not sure about a visit either but thinking about it I really like what they do with their players. I've just been thinking about them a lot lately."

Fans that follow FSU have wondered the impact fellow teammate and Seminole commitment Nigel Bradham has had on Holton's recruitment. He says, "Nigel is letting me be me and make my own decision. He knows I am going to go with my heart on this. You know, I don't know….I don't know what I'm going to do. I'll probably make my decision in a few weeks. It'll be around the time I visit FSU, so if I do I'll make the visit I'll make up my mind right after it."

For FSU to miss out on this prospect would be a blow to the class. C.J., who's been working hard in the classroom and in the legroom, is a vital cog to the defensive class in terms of the future safeties at FSU. "Right now I'm just taking these test and all. I'm not taking the SAT, but I'm looking at improving my ACT score (he reports a 16). My grades are okay and I've just been working hard. Miami has just been working hard on me and I don't know if it's that, but they're where I am leaning," stated Holton.

Look for the coaches to not give up on this important prospect. If he makes the visit next month look for the coaches to put on the full court press. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with C.J. and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.

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