Ed Imeokparia had to wait until Signing Day to get his offer from Florida State, but when he got the official offer he made the quick decision to sign on the dotted line. Playing football at Florida State was always a dream for Ed, and he cannot wait to get to Tallahassee in June.
"Everything has been going pretty good since I signed with FSU. I'm just counting down the days really. I am ready and I am excited to get to FSU. It has always been my dream, and now I am close to realizing it."
The 2008 class is different from the past few classes that FSU has brought in over the past few years. With the attrition this team has seen and the suspensions from the academic scandal hitting the team the first month of the season, many of the signees will be expected to contribute immediately. Ed plans on being one of those players.
"I've been working really hard. I am 6' and 202 pounds now. I want to come in ready to compete. You never know the situation and when you'll be called upon, so I have to come in with the mindset that I will be playing early. I want to make sure I am ready when I am called upon. When I was recruited I knew about the suspensions, and that there is a good shot I may see early playing time. I don't know if it's going to be at corner or safety yet. I think I will be starting out at corner and go from there. I'm coming in ready to compete and earn a position."
On the academic side it has never been a question if Imeokparia will qualify. He says right now he just wants to fight the senioritis and finish up strong before he starts the new chapter in his life.
"I have 16 days of school left. I graduate on the 22nd (of May), then I will be going home to spend some time with my family before I get to FSU June 21st. I'm having a good time in school and I am trying to do the right thing and finish strong. I'm gonna be out of here soon, so I want to make sure I end it on a good note."
For some players, getting the offer late in the process turns into a motivating factor once they get to the school they signed with. For Ed, that will be his case, but he is quick to point out he will be a hard worker regardless.
"I always consider myself a hard worker. I think I got the offer late because I was late in getting them my film. I didn't want to send them my junior year stuff because it didn't show my true talent. I more motivated because I am starting over at another level and it's time to move on. Whether I got the offer early or late, I intended on coming to FSU ready to go."
Ed told NoleDigest that he has been in touch with a few of his fellow signees, and that they talk about getting ready to come and help turn the program around.
"I talk to E.J. Manuel and Nick Moody. I wasn't able to make it down to the spring game, and I heard there were a lot of recruits there. We just talked about getting ready and working hard. I like their attitudes and I trust them. These are the guys that I want to play with on the field and I feel really good about the future. With those kinds of guys who want it that bad, we will get it done."
Ed's goals for his freshman season are to just come in and not regret the effort he puts forth. He feels the playing time will come when the coaches feel he is ready, and that if comes in ready he should see the field early on.
"My main goal is knowing that I put it all out there. Whatever happens with me I want to make sure I did everything necessary to contribute and that I don't regret anything? I don't want any shoulda, coulda or woulda. I'm coming in positive. If they want to redshirt me, it's not the worst thing. The coaches do that for a reason. If you aren't ready you aren't going to play. I wouldn't have a problem with that. I don't want to redshirt, but if I do it'll be okay."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we catch up with other signees from the 2008 recruiting class as they finish off their senior years.
BONUS: Look for Ed to join us in a premium chat tonight at 9pm.