Recruiting Blitz

TheTerritory caught up Sunday with the talented quartet of Amp Hill, Kenny Scott, Kirston Pittman and Ryan Gilliam. Gilliam, of course, orally committed last week to attend Florida State next season. He's also trying hard to convince some of the nation's top recruits to follow his lead and land in Tallahassee. Click here to read more on the talented foursome. "I think they loved it. I was telling them everything I knew (about FSU)," said Gilliam.

Wouldn't it be neat if Florida State's incoming freshman class featured additional names such as Amp Hill and Kenny Scott?

Well, Hill and Scott, both of whom made official visits to FSU this weekend, enjoyed their time with current first-year Seminoles such as Leon Washington and Pat Watkins. The group also included Ryan Gilliam, the local from Lincoln High School who last week orally committed to attend FSU.

"We all hung out during out visit," said Hill, who added his main objective coming into the visit was "looking at the closeness (current freshman class). It was a good trip."

Hill, a talented wide receiver from Jacksonville, realizes the Seminoles are in need of quality receivers, especially following last week's news, as initially reported on The Territory's football message board, that Anquan Boldin is leaving early for the NFL. However, Hill's list of favorites also includes LSU and Tennessee, and many are curious if FSU was able to dent that SEC armor. Hill could make a decision as early as mid-week.

Scott, from Daytona Beach Seabreeze, echoed Hill's statements, saying "it was a good trip. We all hung out together." Scott's host was another talented defensive back in Watkins, who also grew up in the shadow of FSU at Lincoln High School. Scott is scheduled to visit Tennessee next weekend and Florida Jan. 24.

Gilliam told The Territory he thought the weekend went well for the recruits.

"I think they loved it. I was telling them everything I knew (about FSU)," said Gilliam, who was hosted by Stanford Samuels and Rufus Brown.. "I have been here (FSU) so many times, but it (visit) still went as good as I had hoped. No, I am not a recruiter (laughing). I am just inviting the guys to come (here) and play with me. Help us get some wins."

Kirston Pittman, from Reserve, La., said FSU coach Bobby Bowden "set the record straight" for recruits concerning the Seminoles' recent string of trouble off the field. "I really enjoyed talking with coach Bowden," said Pittman, who will visit Miami in two weeks and then end January at LSU. Pittman's host was Travis Johnson.

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