John Prior is considered by Florida State fans to be a "Trickett-type," a term made up for the type of lineman Coach Trickett looks for in his players. Prior missed some time early as a junior and battled an injury all of 2007. That injury caused him to miss some time, making him a prospect few knew about. Coach Trickett knew about the talented lineman, and after a summer full of camps and visits John's potential started to become recognizable. Before the recruiting process really got going, Prior decided to end it quickly as he committed to the Noles. According to Prior, it's the smartest decision he could have made.
"The recruiting process started to become overwhelming," said Prior. "Between the visits and the coaches calling it got to be a lot. I enjoyed it and I hade fun at the Ohio State, Marshall and Cincinnati camps. When it was all said and done I knew where I wanted to go and that was Florida State. After doing the research and looking at all of my options the decision was easy to make."
It shocked many fans that Prior made a commitment without ever visiting the university. That factor explains just how good the relationship John had with Coach Trickett. John told NoleDigest that he likes Trickett's style and that the opportunity at FSU is exciting.
"Florida State got involved with me early," explained Prior, "and Coach Trickett came to see me personally at my school. He is a straight up guy and he tells you like it is. From talking to all of my recruiters I could tell he was the best fit for me as a coach. He told me about the depth issues and the history they have at FSU. I really like the goals the staff has and that is something I'm looking forward to be apart of. When I started looking at the playing time available that really drew them to the top. Coach (Trickett) likes me as at tackle."
Prior was scheduled to come down on an unofficial visit earlier this summer, but after his sister got sick the trip had to be cancelled. With the season underway Prior has decided to go ahead and make his official visit to FSU when they play Western Carolina next Saturday.
"We decided to hold off on the summer visit after it kept getting delayed," said Prior about the missed unofficial. "My sister got sick on the way down so we had to turn around and come back. After that attempt the preparation for my senior season started so I didn't want to miss that. I am a leader on my team so I felt that I needed to be there for that. I want to get there as soon as possible so I decided to go ahead and make my official next Saturday for their first game."
John told NoleDigest that he's extremely excited about finally coming down to visit. He said he's 100% committed and that this'll be his only visit even though other schools are still coming after him.
"I'm a 100% strong commitment and I cannot wait to get down there. I just knew the whole time I could see myself there so now I get to finally see it. I'm anxious to see how I fit in there and to meet the other coaches and players. Schools like Louisville, Marshall, Indiana and Purdue keep trying to get me to visit, but I'm only making one trip to FSU."
Prior is looked at as a "Trickett-type" because of his aggressive style pf play and his footwork. This year John is planning on improving his technique after he battled an injury throughout his junior season.
"My aggressiveness is what makes me stand out as a player," explained Prior. "I play to the whistle and I am still going to come get you if I have anytime before it blows. I missed a lot of practice last year because of an ankle injury. I was able to play in the games but I couldn't practice until halfway through the season. I feel I'm still learning and catching up on the lost time. It caused me to get off to a slow start so now I am making sure I'm just working on my technique and form."
John says that his commitment is very solid, so look for his lone official visit to show him that he made the right decision in June. With the talk that the coaches may be done taking linemen this year, solidifying Prior's commitment on the visit will be the primary goal for the coaches. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Prior's senior season and as we talk to him after his official visit next weekend.