Where does FSU stand with Zeke

Zeke Motta is one of the more intriguing prospects for the 2009 recruiting class. The hard-hitting safety from Vero Beach was named to the 6A All-State team after a strong junior season. That strong year has led to 30 offers from schools all over the nation. NoleDigest spoke to Motta to talk about his recruitment and to see if the Seminoles are in the picture at this time.

Zeke Motta is one of the hardest hitting players in the class of 2009, but that isn't what his game is about. He managed to total 143 tackles from his safety position and had 2 sacks during his junior season. He showed his playmaking ability by intercepting one pass, recovering four fumbles and blocking 5 kicks on special teams. This versatility is what has led to 30 schools offering Zeke a scholarship. He says now that the spring evaluation period has ended, things are quieting down.

"Recruiting has been going good so far. I've gotten a lot of offers. I am at 30 now from schools like Florida State, Auburn, Wake, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Boston College. Clemson, Florida and Notre Dame are schools that I like that are talking about offering. I like the campus at Clemson and the lakes they have around there. Florida and Notre Dame have good athletics and academics, with Notre Dame being higher than Florida academically."

"During spring I was getting a lot of calls but they've stopped. My dad is my coach so they were calling him a lot and talking to me through him. That was a good experience."

Florida State is looking at Motta as a strong safety/outside linebacker. He says the Noles are a team he is looking at right now, and says he was visited during the spring by linebacker coach Chuck Amato.

"Florida State is probably on the rise again even though they didn't do too well last year. They're looking at me as a rover or linebacker; I have no preference of what I want to play on the next level. I spoke to Coach Amato after he came to see me during practice. He was telling me he liked what he saw from me as a player."

As it stands right now it seems like the Seminoles are behind some other schools at this time. Zeke says he is open across the board and has a busy summer schedule planned where he will be making unofficial visits and camping at some schools. Right now Motta doesn't know if FSU will be apart of that schedule.

"I'm probably even across the board. I haven't been able to narrow it down any so I am planning on using these visits this summer to help me trim down my list. I am going to visit Clemson, Wake Forest, Auburn, Stanford, Florida, Notre Dame, Boston College and some other schools for unofficials. I am going to be camping at Clemson, Auburn, Stanford and Notre Dame. Right now there are no plans to visit FSU. It is reasonably close so I should be able to stop by."

Zeke says he is not sure when a decision is going to be made. Right now he is soaking in the process and making sure he makes the right decision. He told NoleDigest that he has no clue when a decision is going to be made, so look for his process to go well into the fall. If the Seminoles are going to be players for Motta, they have some work to do. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Zeke and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.


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