Jonotthan Harrison comes in as the 5th rated guard in the latest Scout.com rankings that were done earlier this week. Recently the 4-star standout has been taking visits, checking out UCF and USF. Today he checked out Florida State, checking out the academics and the facilities. He also spent some time with Coach Trickett and some of the current players. He said the visit went well.
"The visit to Florida State today was pretty productive. I got a chance to meet with the academic people and I got a chance to tour the campus. Coming into the visit I had people filling up my head with stuff saying FSU is old and dingy. It wasn't even like that. The campus was nice, and when I saw the stadium it blew my mind. The new buildings are nice and the facilities were good. I've never been to Tallahassee so getting up there to sit and meet the coaches and players was nice."
Coming into the visit Harrison has been talking to Coach Trickett over the phone as the two have been getting to know each other. He says today's conversation was more about general stuff other than football.
"The talk with Coach Trickett was nice. We talked about some pretty basic stuff like college life and about the school. We really didn't talk football. I did that with two players, Ryan McMahon and Myron Rolle. What they talked about was interesting. They were saying that FSU is pretty easy going and it's a nice college town. They told me about the coaches there and how it's different than when they were freshmen. Ryan talked about Trickett and the improvement the offensive line has made and they both talked about how it's a family atmosphere now. They said the team was segregated and apart when they got there but now they're closer and together a lot. They are expecting big things because of that."
Academics are very important to Jonotthan and his family and they will play a major role into what school he is going to choose. On every visit Harrison and his mom haven't spent time with the academic staff making sure they fit what the family is looking for. He says FSU's wasn't bad, but they weren't as good as some of the others he's seen.
"My mom and stepfather came with me on the visit. They liked what they saw and what they heard, but I think other schools academic plan seemed more in-depth than FSU's. From that aspect they weren't as impressed as other schools, but don't take that as we didn't like the visit."
Jonotthan has been planning on making his decision sometime in July. Now that he's taken visits he said things have gotten a lot cloudier. Right now he hopes to still end his recruitment next month.
"Florida State has a shot and this visit helped them out. It makes things more confusing for me and puts thoughts in my head. I guess there are more options now because every time I see another school it gets a little more confusing for me. I got to be honest and say I don't want it to be like that because I wanted to commit at the end of July. I am going to push for it because I want to get the process over and concentrate on my senior season of football."
Overall the visit went well for Harrison. He said coming out of the visit that Florida was in the lead, but he would not specify if they were the favorites to land his commitment in a few weeks. If Florida State wants to land the talented lineman, they're going to have to continue to show what their academics can offer him as a student athlete. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jonotthan and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.