Florida State has always done well recruiting the state of Georgia, especially the areas close to the Florida-Georgia border. Valdosta is very close to Tallahassee, and it's become a place that FSU is looking to when it comes to high school football players. In the 2009 recruiting class the Seminoles landed Lowndes standouts Greg Reid and Gerald Demps.
Coming into the 2010 cycle the Noles were thought to be the leader for two-way standout Ed Christian. When the official offer came in from FSU, that rumor came to fruition as Ed committed to FSU. He told NoleDigest that he was surprised the offer came, and that it was simply too hard to turn down something that's been one of his biggest dreams.
"I was very surprised when the offer came," said the 6'5" 295 pound lineman. "That offer meant a lot to me because I've always wanted to be a Seminole. I grew up in Thomasville, so I knew nothing else. Leading up to the offer I really hadn't been hearing a lot from Florida State. I figured they'd come by, but I was shocked they came this quickly."
Ed is one of the top two way players in the Southeast for the 2010 recruiting class, and it's that versatility that makes him an intriguing prospect. When the Noles offered it was from offensive coaches Jimbo Fisher and Rick Trickett, which means that Christian will be playing offense when he gets to FSU.
"Coach Trickett told me he wants me to come in and play left tackle," explained Christian. "He was telling me how they're going to need a left tackle and that he thinks I'd be a good one. Also he was telling me how they liked my film and my body type. I like Coach Trickett; he is a nice guy who's dedicated to his players and makes them produce."
Christian is a quiet kid who really doesn't say much, but he did tell NoleDigest that he intends on staying firm until Signing Day of 2010.
"I just love the coaches at FSU because of the way they get down with you on a personal level," said Christian. "I'm very firm in my commitment and I won't take any other visits. I was down there last month for Junior Day, which was great. It was the first time I've really gotten to see everything like that. I'm planning on heading down to FSU for the spring game, Seminole Showtime and Nike camp that'll be going on there. The coaches told me that I could come in whenever I wanted. I'd really like to go there at least every other weekend."
Ed says that his primary focus over the next year or so will be academics and getting a qualifying test score. At this time he doesn't see anything standing in the way in terms of achieving the necessary scores to enroll in the fall of 2010.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Ed, and the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.