Jacksonville safety plans to camp at FSU

This past weekend NoleDigest attended the Scout.com combine in Jacksonville, FL. One of the better players in attendance was safety prospect Corey Addison from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, FL. NoleDigest took the chance to sit down with Corey to talk recruiting and to get his thoughts on Florida State.

Corey Addison is one of the top defensive backs in Jacksonville for 2009. This past fall the talented athlete played on both sides of the ball as he played quarterback and safety. Addison rushed for 197 yards with two touchdowns, was 45/90 for 525 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions as the team's quarterback. He added 72 tackles from his safety position and three interceptions.

His versatility has led to 10 offers and interest from schools all over the country. The schools range from big time BCS schools to smaller Division 1 schools. For Addison, the attention is great.

"Recruiting has been good. I have 10 official offers from school like Miami, Illinois, Purdue, UCF, Arkansas, Louisville and some smaller schools. I'm hearing from a lot of other schools who are saying they're going to offer me soon."

One school the talented safety prospect would like to hear more from is Florida State. At this time Addison doesn't have the offer from FSU, but it is one he is eagerly anticipating.

"I really don't have a favorite. I am waiting for the offer from Florida State to come. I lived in Miami for 10 years, so I've always liked Miami a little. Right now I'd say that those two programs are at the top. I like their aggressive style of defense. I feel like I am a hard hitter on defense, so I'd fit in. I'd say neither has the edge right now."

One school that fans of Florida State and Miami need to keep their eyes on is Illinois. Addison says that the Fighting Illini is a school he'd throw in there with the Seminoles and Hurricanes. Also, it doesn't hurt Ron Zook's team that D'Angelo McCray is up there.

"I'd throw Illinois in there too. I like where the program is going. I've talked to the coaches there a few times. I know D'Angelo likes it there, and I've heard about it through him. Right now I'd say D'Angelo won't be a major factor, but we will see."

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews is the coach that made some initial contact with Addison's coaches. He came away impressed with the video. The campus and the coaching staff at FSU may pay dividends for them.

"I really like the campus and stadium at FSU. I want to get there and check it out more. I've spoken to Coach Andrews. He is a nice person. He complemented me on the video and said I look like a good player."

With more time at the safety position, Corey will become a more complete safety on the next level. He feels that as long as he works hard and improves, he'll be able to make an impact on the college game.

"I'm a hard hitting guy so I like a style like that. I need to work on my hips some. I've been running track to work on that and just my overall speed. I run the 4x100, 4x400 and the hurdles. It's something I'll give up and not pursue though when I'm done with high school."

While many prospects mention academics as a key part to the decision, Addison says that he needs a school that his major.

"I want to major in sports administration. If I don't go to the league I want to do something in the front office of a team. I'm also looking at the players they have and will I be able to get on he fired. I want to be able to play."

Corey says that he'll take all 5 official visits, and says that his plans for the summer are to camp at Florida State, Miami and Illinois. He mentioned that if Florida offers, they could make their way up his list some. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Corey and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

* Note-Addison did not participate in the Combine this past weekend. He hurt his hamstring running track the day before the event.

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