Recruits talk about FSU visit

This past weekend Florida State kicked off its 2008 season with a dominating 69-0 win over Western Carolina. There were several recruits in attendance to watch the game, but the weather made an impact on some being able to stay. NoleDigest spoke to a few of the visitors to get their opinions of the game and to see how their visit was overall. Pictured is 4-star DE commitment Brandon Jenkins.

Florida State's home schedule is loaded with great games this year as Clemson, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Florida all come to Doak Campbell to play the Seminoles. This past weekend Florida State was scheduled to host commitment John Prior for an official visit, but he had to reschedule. Several other recruits and commitments were going to come to town, but the weather played a role. Commitments Jacobbi McDaniel and C.J. Mizell had plans of coming, but decided to wait until next week to make their first visit for 2008.



5-star DT commitment Jacobbi McDaniel


"I was going to come with Chris (Thompson)," said McDaniel, "but with the rain and all I decided not to. I really wanted to come and I was excited to make the trip, but I will definitely be there next weekend." As for Mizell, he actually was on campus when the showers came down. "I got on campus and was walking around waiting for the game, but the rain came and the game was delayed," said C.J. "With all of the delays I decided to go home. Most likely I'll be there for the next game against Tennessee-Chattanooga."

Gerald Demps, the 3-star safety from Valdosta, GA, was in town for the game. The long time commitment to FSU said he had a good time, saying the game was fun to watch. Also, he was impressed with the upgrades made inside the stadium.



FSU commitment Gerald Demps


"The game was good," said Demps, "and I had a lot of fun. We left with like 6 minutes left in the fourth because we had to head back home. I spent most of the day there and got to see some stuff. We ate in the cafeteria with the guys and watched the warm-ups and all that. The new stuff in the stadium was nice. I liked the field and the new televisions. I thought it made the place more attractive."

Demps also got a chance to speak to one of the coaches recruiting him in running backs coach Dexter Carter, He said before the game started he paid special attention to what the defensive backs were doing.

"I talked to Coach Carter while I was there," stated Demps. "He was telling me to keep up the good work and was asking me if I'm ready to go (at FSU). I also got to talk to former defensive back Clifton Abraham some, which was cool. I watched what the defensive backs were doing; the coaches work well with the players. I cannot wait to play there."

Overall the visit for Demps was good. He told NoleDigest that he isn't sure when he'll make his official, but he does plan on making the Wake Forest game.

"It was a good trip overall," said Demps. "I can't really give my thoughts until they play a better team. They did look good, though. I think the first test will be against Wake Forest and I plan on being there. I'm not sure when I will make my official visit yet, but right now I am thinking about making it when we play Florida."

Brandon Jenkins was also in attendance for the record-setting win for the Seminoles. Brandon was coming off a big performance this past Friday, and it was a game defensive ends Coach Jody Allen was in attendance for.

"Coach Allen was at my game on Friday," said Jenkins. "I talked to him when I was at the game and he told me how well I did. He just said to keep it up."

Jenkins, who committed to FSU over the summer, has intended on being an early enrollee for quite some time. He told NoleDigest that those plans are still on track.

"So far my senior season is going well," explained Jenkins. "I'm still on pace to enroll early so I just need to keep up what I am doing. We had a big win Friday so hopefully we can keep that going."

Brandon also was impressed with the game and liked what he saw. With the new additions to the stadium it looks like many recruits are going to like what they see inside of the stadium now.


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