Chad Abrams Commits

Florida State landed their 3rd commitment of the 2010 recruiting class today when Chad Abrams committed this morning. NoleDigest caught up with the Lakeland standout and his head coach Irving Strickland to get their thoughts on the decision, and to see what lies ahead for the newest Seminole.

Chad Abrams is not a well-known name on the recruiting scene at this time, but he is a recruit the coaches at Florida State have had their eyes on since they received his film. The 6' 190 pound defensive back from Kathleen High in Lakeland, Fla., went up for a Junior Day visit this past weekend. Coming home blown away from the visit it was only a matter a time before Abrams made it official. This morning he let his coaches and family know he wanted to be a Seminole, joining Ed Christian and Darius Cummings in the 2010 class.

"I'm very excited now," said Abrams of his commitment. "I liked how the coaches told me they'd be straight up with me, and they were. They told me this year they'd be losing some safeties and cornerbacks and that there'd be a chance for me to come in and compete for early playing time. I liked that and it was something I wanted with the college I chose."

Florida State is recruiting Abrams as a safety due to the need at that position for the ‘Noles. As a sophomore Abrams played cornerback for Kathleen, but he suffered a high ankle injury which caused him to miss 5 games. After he came back the coaches put him in certain positions in the backfield and on special teams. Going into his junior season his team needed a free safety. According to his Head Coach Irving Strickland, Abrams was the perfect fit.

"Chad was a corner his sophomore year and he was doing well, but a high ankle injury held him out for 5 games," said Strickland. "His replacement was playing very well so I didn't want to yank him, but we wanted to get Chad back out there. We used him on special teams and other spots. Going into last year we needed a free safety, so I told the other coaches we should put Chad back there because he was the most experienced defensive back we had. He went out there and played so well for us. He led the team in interceptions with 5, had 1 pick returned for touchdowns, blocked 5 kicks, did return teams and everything."

According to Coach Strickland the transition to free safety was an easy move for Chad because he is smart player. He knows how to put himself in position and has the capability to learn schemes rather easily.

"Chad is a smart football player," said Strickland. "There are those players who can play, and then there are those who can play and understand the game. Chad is that guy. He knows how to put himself in positions and situations were he can make the play. Last year he'd come in every Monday to get the film on the team we'd be playing, and by Wednesday he's know what they were doing. He's just a smart kid and he picks up on things quickly."

Chad told NoleDigest the thing that makes him standout as a safety is his ability to make the big hit as well as having good ball skills.

"FSU wants me as a free safety because that's where they like me best," explained Chad. "I feel that I bring big hitting ability, but also I have the range and ball skills to make plays for my defense. Those are the things I want to do for FSU. Once I get my speed down I will be good to go."

Both Chad and his coach say the comfort level, as well as the interest from the coaches, is what made FSU the choice for Abrams.

"I spoke to all of the coaches when I was there, but I spent most of my time with Mickey Andrews, Coach Haggins and Bobby Bowden," said Abrams. "It was great. They have great tradition and I want to play for coaches like that. Coach Fisher did a speech with the juniors there before the day started. He seems like a really good coach so I think he'll be a good head coach. Both my mother and I just really liked the coaches and the school in general. We're comfortable there."

"FSU was the first offer for Chad," stated Coach Strickland. "Boston College was talking about offering, and Florida and Colorado came through showing interest. I told the coaches how good Chad was and that the school that got him would be getting a great player. Before the season started I told my players to list their top 5 schools, then I'd send them film. Chad liked FSU, Florida, Alabama, Clemson and Miami. I heard a story that Chad said when he was younger he told everyone he'd get a scholarship to play at FSU. It looks like that has come true! When the coaches at FSU saw his film the offer came through the mail."

Even though Chad is under the radar the ‘Noles are getting a very good player. Chad and Irving both told NoleDigest that his commitment will remain firm, and that now his recruitment is wrapped up.

"I'm staying committed to FSU," Abrams said, "so now I can just focus on academics and football. That how I wanted it to be, so I am very happy about that. I have a 3.1 GPA and I scored an 18 on the ACT, so I just need to keep doing what I'm doing."

"I coach all of my players who go through this process that once they commit they are going to stay that way," explained Strickland. "When I talked to Chad yesterday he said he had a great time there but that he didn't commit. When I asked him why he said he didn't know how to do that. Today we talked and he wanted to go ahead and do it, so he did. This is good for Chad because all he has to do now is play football. He doesn't have that pressure on him like others."

Chad will be heading back to FSU in a few weeks for the annual Garnet and Gold game. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with the latest FSU commitment, as well as the rest of the 2010 targets for the Seminoles.

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