Motta talks recruiting, Top 10

One of the top players over the summer that participated in the combine circuit was LB/S recruit Zeke Motta from Vero Beach, FL. The talented 4-star recruit has offers from over 40 schools and has seen the interest pick up going into the fall. NoleDigest spoke to Zeke to get his thoughts on his recruitment and to see if Florida State is still a school he is looking at.

Zeke Motta is one of the best players in the state of Florida for 2009. Burke Hayes of says that Zeke is very athletic and productive from his safety spot and that he possesses a unique blend of size and ability. Motta plays with the physicality of a LB and has the mobility of a DB, which makes him one of the more versatile safeties in his class. His physical upside and toughness may merit a move to LB, but his ability and production could keep him at safety, as well. Motta told NoleDigest that his summer was a good experience and that he learned a lot from the camps he went to.

"My summer went good," said Motta. "We just finished up 2-a-days and we start school tomorrow (Monday). I am excited to start my senior year and to get the season started."

"My summer was busy," continued Motta. "In June I visited a bunch of schools like Clemson, Notre Dame, Auburn, Stanford, Boston College and Florida. The visits were really fun and it was nice to see different parts of the country. I also participated in the Top Gun camp in Orlando. I did pretty well there, I thought, because I was able to match-up well in one-on-one's. I showed my versatility working at both linebacker and safety. I felt that camp made me a better player."

Zeke has his choice of colleges to choose from as he claims over 40 offers at this time. The traditional powers like Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Notre Dame and many others have offered and he says he is interested in a lot of schools. Zeke said that at this time he is wide open to the process and that some other schools are starting to enter the picture as the season is about to begin. While he isn't ready to claim any favorites, he does have a top 10 list.

"Recruiting has been good," stated Motta, "and I have been getting a lot of mail from a bunch of schools. They're all looking at me as an outside linebacker. I've stated looking at some other programs now like USC, Georgia and LSU. They haven't offered me yet and I haven't really talked to them, but I am interested in starting to communicate with them."

"Most of the same schools are still in it for me," said Motta. "Florida hasn't offered me yet but I am not waiting for them to do it. It doesn't matter to me if they do or not. Miami just offered recently and I am looking at them. Florida State is recruiting me pretty hard and they are in good consideration right now. Like all of the schools, I am interested to see how they do this year on the field. Florida, Florida State and Miami are in my top 10 with Boston College, Notre Dame, Clemson, Auburn and Stanford."

Zeke has been working hard in the summer to prepare for his last year of high school football. Motta is an excellent student off the field and says that he is looking at the possibility of enrolling early. He says that factor may expedite his recruitment as he'll look to make a decision some time in November.

"I'm thinking about graduating early, explained Motta. "It's an option for me and it's something that I've been thinking of doing recently. I'll probably be trimming my list after the college season starts after I watch some of the teams play. I'll probably take it to 5 and make those my official visits. I don't have any plans lined up yet but I've started looking and getting ideas when I can take these visits. If I'm going to enroll early I need to make my decision by November so that's when I'm looking to decide."

Florida State has been recruiting Zeke very hard as he's one of the most talented defensive players on their board this year. The Seminoles haven't been mentioned much with Motta and his recruitment, but he says that FSU is a legitimate contender at this time. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Zeke's recruitment, as well as the rest of the prospects from the 2009 recruiting class.

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