Noles' in the lead for McAllister

Demonte McAllister is the top defensive tackle in central Florida, and one of the best for the 2009 recruiting class. McAllister has seen his stock soar recently, as he is up to 10 offers. NoleDigest met up with him Thursday to talk about his recruitment and to talk about what school is out front for him at this time.

Demonte McAllister is a dominating defensive tackle for his Alonso High team in Tampa, FL. He has seen the interest from colleges increase over the past month or so. Right now he is up to 10 offers from some of the best schools in the south. "I have offers from Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan State, South Carolina, USF, Miami and FIU," said McAllister.

While the interest isn't limited to the offers he has received, one school stands out to Demonte the most. That school is his childhood favorite. When asked what school(s) stands out, he said, "FSU. FSU only; they are way out in front. I've been a fan for a long time and it's where my heart is at. FSU is where I want to go." When asked why he hasn't committed yet, he said, "I want to take some visits. Not to see if there is anything better than FSU, just take some visits, you know."

Besides the fact that FSU was his childhood favorite, McAllister likes the Seminoles for many other reasons. He said, "I like Coach Haggins a lot. He tells me I'm a great player and that I remind him of when he was younger. He was telling me that they needed me. I also talk to Coach Fisher, Coach Carter, Coach Dawsey and Mickey Andrews. They all pretty much say the same stuff. I really like it and like them, they put a lot of kids into the NFL."

McAllister says that he intends on taking visits, and he has an idea where he wants to go. "I want to check out Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, and someone else. I know for sure I am taking a visit to FSU. It'll be my last one. I went to Florida's junior day. I've been to a lot of games because I like close. It's alright. They are just alright. I never liked them the way I do Florida State," said McAllister.

Demonte measures in at 6'3 ½" and 240 pounds, but that is not his playing weight. He says that he is working on adding weight because he lost it from playing basketball. He said, "My playing weight has been around 260 pounds. I am really trying to get to 275 before college. I think as long as I work hard I can get there."

While Demonte plans on taking some visits, look for him to decide well before Signing Day. "I plan on making my decision before the beginning of the season. In the fall I'll make my decision and end the recruiting process. I'm not into all the attention and all that," expressed McAllister.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Demonte and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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