The Seminoles are looking to add several playmakers at wide receiver in this class. With the commitments of Corey Surrency and Avis Commack already in place, they are off to a good start. The Noles are still heavily involved with Scout.com's top prospect Julio Jones, as well as players like Brice Butler and Melvin Ray. With Jarmon, FSU has been recruiting him for some time. He says, "FSU has been recruiting me for a while now. They are looking at me as a receiver. I spoke to Coach Dawsey recently and he told me they are looking for playmakers. He said they liked what they saw from me in the playoffs, and that I'd be a good fit for them. He's been trying to set up a conversation with Coach Jimbo Fisher. Coach Fisher called me recently but I missed the call because I was playing in a basketball game. I haven't been able to get back to him yet."
The Seminoles are not the only school the Auburn commitment is looking at at this time. Fortson explains, "I committed to Auburn a while back during my season. I'd say that right now I am a soft commitment to them. I'm looking at Clemson, Alabama and Georgia right now. I plan on visiting all of these schools. I am going to Alabama on the 11th I think. I plan of visiting FSU in late January. The others I just need to set up some travel plans."
While Jarmon grew up an Auburn fan, he states that he often watched the Noles on the television and has liked how they play for some time. Other than that they've been recruiting him for a while, it is a basketball player that has helped the FSU football coaches gain more attention from the 6'3" 225 pound athlete. "Xavier Gibson committed to them for basketball, and he is my teammate on my AAU team. He likes it there and tells me stuff about the schools and all. Like I said they've been after me for a while now, and I just want to check them out," stated Fortson.
Jarmon tells NoleDigest that the final decision is going to come down to the education and the playing time available. He says, "I'm just looking for a place I can get a good education and I place I have an opportunity to play. I am going to come in and play wherever the coaches need me. I feel that I am a leader on the field and I have good athletic ability. Overall I am just a football player and I am going to do whatever I can do for the team and the coaches. If basketball can be fit into the schedule, I may look at walking on, but I am just focusing on football right now."
Florida State looks as though they've turned the heat up on Fortson after a stellar senior season, and the interest is being reciprocated. Fortson has a teammate in DeRon Furr who the Noles are looking at also, and it looks like they may visit the school together in January. Fortson is a big kid who moves well with the ball and does a great job of plucking the ball out of the air. There is a possibility that once he gets into a collegiate program he may grow into a tight end, and to Fortson that is something that he expects, saying, "I just want to get faster for the next level. I know I'll probably get bigger, but I want to make sure keep my speed. Whatever the coaches need from me, I'll do it."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Fortson and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.