On Thursday Corico Hawkins told NoleDigest that he was coming to visit Florida State on Saturday. He arrived early in the morning on Saturday to get a tour of the campus and the facilities before he watched the football team participate in its first full scrimmage of the spring. He attended the scrimmage with one of his coaches and his mentor, and he says they all came away impressed.
"The visit went well. Tallahassee is a nice city and the facilities at the school were really nice. They are maybe the best I've seen. The campus was nice, and having the chance to meet the staff and stuff was cool."
Corico took the opportunity to meet his recruiter Dexter Carter, as well as getting a chance to meet with his potential position coach in Chuck Amato. Also, he spent some time with Bobby Bowden. He says the conversations they had were good, and that he got a better understanding where the program is heading.
"I've never been to the school, so I wanted to see what it was like. I also wanted to meet the coaches and check out the program. They were telling me about how they haven't been the FSU they've been, but they think they've gotten the talent in over the past few years to turn it around. They were saying how I fit the type of player they're looking for and that I can help turn things around and get them where they should be."
After touring the football facilities and meeting some of the coaches, Hawkins took the chance to watch the team participate in its first full scrimmage of the spring. He says he came away impressed with what he saw, and was surprised to see how some of the freshman played.
"After seeing the facilities and stuff, I went and watched the scrimmage. I liked it. I saw guys flying to the ball and making plays. I kept my eyes on the linebackers and what they were doing, and I watched how Coach Amato was interacting with them. Two guys who really impressed me were Nigel Bradham and Vince Williams. You could see they were still learning, but they were playing well for freshman. Coach Amato is a cool guy, and he was telling them how they can get better. I like the style they play and I think it fits me."
Asked where the Seminoles fit in after the visit, Corico says that FSU is a school he is considering.
"When you see a school, you need to see what they have; you have to have a feel for it. My thoughts are still the same about them, and FSU is a school I am considering."
While the visit was good overall for Corico, the Seminoles are just one of the many schools the talented linebacker is looking at. He says he's up to about 20 offers, with some of them being from some of the best programs in the nation.
"There isn't a specific school I am looking at or in the lead. I'm pretty open. I've gotten offers from Virginia Tech, FSU, Georgia Tech, Florida , Auburn, Nebraska and Oklahoma State just to name a few. Once I get more visits done, I'll have an idea of where I'll go and who I'll visit. Right now, I might take an official visit to Florida State."
Overall the visit was a good experience for Hawkins, and it reassured that Seminoles are what he thought. While the recruitment of Corico is a long way away from being complete, the Seminoles have made a positive impression. Look for further updates with Corico on NoleDigest, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.