Coming into the 2009 class, Florida State needed to put a lot of focus into the safety position. The Seminoles already have JaJuan Harley committed, and they lead for some of the better players in the southeast. One of the players favoring the Noles, Gerald Demps, decided that Wednesday was the day he was committing publicly. Demps grew up a big-time fan of the Seminoles, and he knew coming into the process where he wanted to be.
"I feel really good about this decision and I have no regrets. I knew the whole time where I wanted to go, and after I made the visit a while back it kind of confirmed everything. Going there will feel like playing at Lowndes because it feels like home there. This is a blessing and a dream come true. When they sent me the offer, it was a done deal."
Getting Demps in early is a big coup for FSU. The talented playmaker from Valdosta, GA hopes to bring his playmaking ability to the position, and feels like he is an element the defense has been missing.
"I talked to Coach Dexter Carter about my decision, and he said he was happy and that they wanted me down there. From talking to the coaches before, I've been able to read between the lines in knowing they really wanted and needed me there. I am going to be visiting there Wednesday, and he said we'd talk a lot more about it when I got there. I want to bring consistency back to the position and quickness, too. I want to be someone the coaches can count on at all times. I feel like I am the missing element at FSU with my playmaking ability. I am not sure where I am going to be playing, but I think it's going to be safety. Whether it's free or strong, I want to play whatever gets me in the game quickest."
Not only is the 5'11" and 190 pound Demps excited about his decision, but those people around him are supporting him 100%. For his family and coaches, they just wanted to make sure Florida State is where he really wants to be.
"My parents wanted to make sure I made the right decision for myself. They are happy for me and they stand behind my decision. When I take my official visit to Florida State, my parents will be going with me. When I made the visit before, my coach came with me. He's coming this time, too. My coaches are happy for me too. At first they wanted me to look around and see what's out there. I said I knew where I wanted to go, and they've been behind me since. They're just looking out for my best interests, and I appreciate that."
Gerald isn't the only high-level Division 1 player at Lowndes. His teammate, Greg Reid, is committed to Florida, and Demps says he tried to work him over a little bit before he made his decision.
"Greg tried to get me to go to Florida, but he's known where I wanted to go this whole time. Now he is supporting me like a fellow teammate. I appreciate that from him."
Gerald is very happy with his decision, and he feels it is going to be very, very hard for a school to sway his decision. He told NoleDigest that he is pretty firm, but that he may take a visit or two down the line. He mentions the possibility of him switching is minimal, but he feels a visit or two may taken if needed.
"I really can't say right now if I am going to go on any other visits to other schools. As of right now, I'd say I probably will. I'm 90% firm, and when I take my official that'll probably wrap it all up for me. With other schools, they'd have to do a lot to persuade me to change my mind, and I don't think it's going to happen. I'll play it by ear as the season goes when I make my official and if I take other visits."
It has been long expected that Demps would be the next commitment for Florida State. While there is a possibility of other visits to other schools, Demps has known where he wanted to go for quite awhile. When NoleDigest spoke to him at the combine in Jacksonville, he knew then that he'd be making the decision around this time. It appears that in the long-run, Seminole fans should not worry about any wavering from the talented athlete.
The commitment of Demps is good for Florida State and gets them back on the recruiting trail. Now that spring is about over and a host of elite prospects will be attending the spring game, look for the Seminoles to turn it back on as we head into the summer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Gerald and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.