NoleDigest News and Notes: Seminole Showtime

Seminole Showtime has come and gone. The camp was a success as the coaches gained 2 commitments and were able to evaluate some of their top targets over the next few classes. NoleDigest caught up with a few of them to get their thoughts on the camp and to see where the Seminoles stand with their recruitment.

By now we have all heard that there were well over one hundred recruits in attendance at Seminole Showtime. There were elite level recruits like Jeff Luc and Cody Riggs, and there were others like Holmes Onwukaife who attended the camp and played themselves into an offer. NoleDigest was able to speak to some of the recruits in attendance to get their thoughts on the camp.

5-star Linebacker Improves Game at Showtime

Jeff Luc doesn't say too much when it comes to what is going on with his recruitment but he tell NoleDigest that he came away impressed by what he saw at Florida State this past weekend, especially working with Derrick Brooks.

"I got better at the camp and I enjoyed working with some of the players and coaches that were there," said Luc. "Working with Derrick Brooks was amazing. He coached me up a lot throughout the camp which was great."

Luc has nearly 50 offers and he plans on trimming his list down sometime before the season starts. While he didn't go too much into details he did say FSU looks to be in a good position at this time.

"Of course coming out here helps FSU but it's not going to raise them any higher because they are already high up on my list," said Luc. "FSU has nothing to worry about and we will see how things go. Thank you and God Bless."

Cody Riggs Impressed by Seminole Showtime; Adjusts Top Schools

Early on in the process Florida State was a school St. Thomas Aquinas standout Cody Riggs was looking at. Soon after FSU and Riggs lost contact which caused other schools to pass FSU on Cody's list. Coming to Showtime was important for the Seminoles in their recruitment of Cody. According to Riggs the camp paid off and it looks like FSU is back in the thick of things for Cody.

"I liked it a lot to tell the truth," Riggs said of FSU's camp. "It was great working with guys like Bryant McFadden, Coach Buckley and the other coaches here. Seeing the greats come out was nice to see. I got the chance to work with them a bit. I actually got a little bit better from this camp. They taught me some techniques as far as where to line up and everything. That helped a lot."

Riggs had been favoring schools like Notre Dame, Georgia and Florida for some time but the visit to FSU, combined with some other visits and evaluations, has caused him to move some things around a bit.

"FSU was recruiting me hard at first then they backed off a bit," said Riggs. "This camp visit helps them a lot. I liked Georgia but I moved them down some after this. FSU is back up there. FSU was one of my top 5 schools so I'm defiantly going to be looking at FSU harder now."

Look for Riggs to make a visit some time in the fall.

"I will definitely be trying to take an official visit," explained Riggs. "I'm not sure if it is going to be the Miami game because that is in the middle of the week, and we have a lot of out of town games and we will be watching a lot of film. I'm not sure if I will be making it for that game. I'm definitely looking forward to making the N.C. State game."

When asked what the highlight of the visit was, Riggs said the tradition at FSU is just as good as any school he is looking at.

"The players coming back and the tradition is what stood out about this camp," explained Riggs. "Everyone talks about Notre Dame; FSU has just as great of a tradition as them when it comes to getting guys to the NFL and they have a lot of legends that can help me get to that next level."

Payne enjoys the visit to FSU

Along with Riggs Keion Payne was one of the standout corners in attendance. He was physical, made it tough for wide receiver to get of the line and showed good ball skills. He told NoleDigest that he put in a good performance at the camp.

"I feel I did fantastic tonight (Saturday)," Payne said, "and some of the former defensive backs here were telling me how well I did, too. That means a lot coming from who it was coming from. They said I played very well."

While he did well he did say he is going to continue to work hard to get better.

"While I feel as though I was one of the best here I still have some things that I need to work on," Payne said. "At this camp I learned things that are going to help me get to where I need to be as a player."

Payne did say that while he remains open this camp made a great impression on him.

"FSU is already one of my top schools but this visit was overwhelming," said Payne. "I came up here before but this visit was much better than the first visit. Seeing the alumni come back was what made this camp visit different from any of the others I have been to. It was great seeing all of the people who come back to this school."

Keion will be heading to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights this weekend.

Random Notes:

-Lamarcus Joyner had some things he had to take care of at home, that is why he couldn't make the trip back to FSU. He had a great time at the Bowden Camp saying, "I love it there."

-Christian Jones didn't participate because he just wanted to hang out. When asked about FSU, he said, "I love it here. This is home to me." He didn't say too much but he did hint that FSU is solidly out front.

-The talk is that Clint Trickett is down to a final 2 of Arkansas and Florida.

-The coaches new that Christian Green was heading to Florida, and they still feel they are ahead of the game when it comes to the Tampa-Catholic standout.

**Steve Chase contributed to this article.**


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