Florida State has had success at Bradenton-Southeast over the past 15 years as they've been able to land former Southeast greats Peter Warrick and Adrian McPherson. The newest target is defensive back Jonathan Dowling, who received an offer from FSU earlier this week. So far Jonathan is up to 6 offers, and he says the list is soon to be growing.
"I'm enjoying this recruiting thing right now," Dowling said, "but I cannot get complacent with anything. I'm going to continue to work hard and do the things that got me to this point."
"I've got 6 offers right now from Florida, Miami, Georgia, Rutgers, Alabama and now Florida State," explained the playmaking safety. "A lot of other programs are evaluating me at this time so I will probably be getting more offers soon."
While it is early in his process Dowling says that he has a clear leader at this time in the Florida Gators. He says the defending champs have been recruiting him the hardest and that his recent visit there really stood out.
"Florida is recruiting me the hardest right now and they've been showing me the most attention," said Dowling of his favorite. "I liked the junior day visit there and felt there is a family atmosphere there. I like how it's not in a big city so I can keep my focus. Another reason I like them is that they have a favorable depth chart. The coaches told me I can come in early and play there. That's important because I hate sitting and watching other people play."
Florida State is just getting involved with the talented defensive back. Jonathan told NoleDigest that he has interest in the Seminoles. Now he is turning his focus on getting to learn more about the program and the coaches.
"I'm interested in FSU and they'll be on my radar as they keep showing me attention and interest like they are," said Dowling. "It seems like they really want me and I've been told the coaches don't play favorites. I'm trying to set up a visit this weekend there, but it depends if my father has to work. If he does I will go next weekend. But I'm definitely taking an unofficial visit over the next couple weeks to check FSU out. I'm going to look into the former players from here that went to FSU. Both Peter Warrick and Adrian McPherson were doing great before they got in trouble. It shows something that they had success at FSU. Coach Fisher told me that if I come up for a visit he's not going to let me come home."
The 6'4" 180 pound standout burst onto the recruiting scene after a stellar junior season. The All-State defensive back had 48 tackles, eight pass deflections, 14 interceptions, blocked 3 punts, returned two picks for TDs and he finished with 4 touchdowns total in 2008 as he helped lead Southeast into the playoffs.
"Last year was good for me but I had a lot of help from my defensive line," explained Dowling. "My defensive line put a lot of pressure on the quarterback last year and forced them into bad throws. They kept throwing my way so I was able to pick off a lot of passes. I feel that at this stage my height and range really helps me make the plays I do. I'll hit you when I have to but I really like creating turnovers to get the ball back for our offense."
Jonathan says that he'll most likely make a verbal commitment over the summer and then go from there. Right now it seems schools have a lot of catch up to do if they're going to pass Florida, but Dowling did say he's giving every school he visits a fair shake.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for a post visit update with Jonathan, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class that the Seminoles are interested in.