Ed Stinson is a perfect example of the term recruit because he is a guy college coaches see having a major upside. He is naturally athletic and fast for his size, which are skills he developed playing basketball. While his future is on the gridiron, Stinson spent a lot of his summer playing basketball. He said that basketball is a passion of his, but after high school his career on the hardwood will be over.
"I spent a lot of time playing basketball this summer," said Stinson. "I won't be playing in college because it'll take up too much time, but it's something I like doing. I went to one camp where I was an All-Star and won an award as the best rebounder, and I took part in the Leonard Hamilton basketball camp. Overall it was a good time and I enjoyed the camps."
During his time at the Hamilton basketball camp Stinson was able to check out the football team and meet some his future coaches and teammates. While he didn't get a lot of time to spend with the coaches and players, he told NoleDigest that the visit served its purpose.
"I was at the basketball camp in July, so when I was there I went over and met up with some of the coaches," explained Stinson. "I got a chance to talk to them, and they were asking me if I was going to stay committed to them. I told them I was going to take visits still but that I'm comfortable with my choice. It was the second time I've been there and I have to say it was better than the first. Meeting some of the players like E.J. (Manuel) was cool."
One of Ed's latest offers is from the defending National Champions in LSU. Ed says that the Tigers are a team he is interested in as he intends on visiting them in the fall. When asked if they have a shot to steal him away from Florida State, Stinson said it all depends on the comfort level he feels with the coaches and environment in Baton Rouge.
"LSU offered me and it's a school that I know I'll visit along with FSU," said Stinson. "The others I'm not sure about. I want to check out these schools on gameday and see what it's like there. I can learn from these visits. I'm a soft commitment to FSU; I want to see what's out there. I committed to FSU because of how comfortable I am with them, and I don't think or know if anyone else can match that. That's what's going to be the biggest factor in my decision."
It looks like the coaches at FSU are going to have to continue to recruit the talented defensive end prospect hard. While he feels sure about his decision, he wants to utilize the 5 visits he's allowed to make sure he made the right decision when he committed in April. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Ed's recruitment, as well as the rest of the recruits for the 2009 recruiting class.