High school football practices are starting all over the nation. Several Florida State commitments have been preparing for their final year of college football for the past few weeks. NoleDigest caught up with Ed Christian, Tavaris Barnes and Terrence Brooks to get the latest with them and to talk about their expectations for this season.
Lowndes Standout Ready to Lead
Ed Christian has been busy since he attended Seminole Showtime last month as he's been getting prepared for his senior season. As one of the top linemen in the south for this recruiting cycle Christian has been doing what he needs to do to round out his game this fall.
"I've been lifting weights and trying to get really flexible," said Christian. "I am trying to be a leader who leads by example so I have been working hard this summer. Coach Trickett wants me to be more flexible so it is a key thing for me to work on before I get to the next level."
Ed says he and Lowndes have a lot of motivation this fall as last year didn't end the way they had expected. After dominating the regular season the Vikings lost in an upset in the playoffs. Christian says he doesn't plan on that happening this year.
"This is my senior year so I plan on going out with a bang," said Christian about this upcoming season. "We had a great regular season last year then lost in the playoffs, so this year I want to be the leader on both sides of the ball. I am going to work hard and lead that way. We want to win it all this year."
Christian told NoleDigest that he had a great time at Seminole Showtime, and since then he has stayed in contact with the coaches as much as possible.
"I really liked working with Coach Trickett at the Showtime Camp," said Christian. "I know what to expect from him. I have stayed in contact with them as much as I can. I am going to catch up with them here soon to see how camp is going."
The Lowndes standout says that he is still firm in his commitment, but that he will still take some visits in the fall.
"I'm firm to FSU and I cannot see myself going anywhere else," Christian said, "but I want to take some visits to have fun, see what's up with the schools, and just meet some new people."
Ed's season get's underway August 21st as Lowndes takes on Thomas Co. Central in a jamboree.
Brooks Working Hard to Prove Himself in 2009
Dunnellon athlete Terrence Brooks has been prepping hard for his senior season over the past several weeks. With his jamboree just 2 weeks away Brooks told NoleDigest that he's been trying to get in shape to have a standout senior campaign.
"Things have been going pretty well with the team and practices," said Brooks. "I've been working out a lot and I am up to 175 pounds. With our team we have just been trying to get our plays right because we have a jamboree against Belleview on the 28th and our first game is against Lecanto on September 4th."
Brooks has bother personal and team goals he plans on achieving this fall.
"The biggest thing is getting my team into the playoffs and making a deep run," said Brooks. "I want to be the leader for this team because a lot of people look up to me. I want to be the role model for this team. I also want to lead the state in interceptions, make All-State and just blow up. I feel as though I am prepared to achieve these goals."
Terrence says that he'll see time at several positions this fall for his team, and that he couldn't be happier to get the chance to get the experience of playing numerous positions.
"I am going to be playing offense, defense and special teams this year," said Brooks. "I pretty much am not going to come off the field. I'll be playing wide receiver, running back and some quarterback, and on defense I will be playing cornerback and free safety. I'm also going to be the primary kick and punt returner. I am excited about it because I get a chance to gain experience at every position."
Since his commitment to FSU Terrence says interest from schools all over the nation have increased their interest in him. He said he plans on making some visits but that his commitment remains firm to the Seminoles.
"Since I committed to FSU I'd say my name has been out there a little more and that schools have fought a little harder for me," said Brooks. "Florida has started talking to me again, Ole Miss really likes me as does Cincinnati, and Georgia has been showing some interest. I guess we will see what happens September 1st with the other schools. I want to take the visits because you never know what will happen in life. I am solid to FSU and I don't think anything will change that."
First Coast Defensive Lineman Excited about the Season
Tavaris Barnes is heading into his final season wanting to take First Coast to the promise land. After getting a taste of a deep playoff run in 2007-2008 Barnes says he is ready to build upon that and make it all the way this fall.
"I don't have any personal expectations this year as long as our team is making plays," said the FSU commitment. "Our defense is going to be good this year and we are going to be ready. I am more concerned about making a run to states this year. We almost made it when Jermaine (Thomas), Nigel (Carr) and Avis (Commack) were here. We made it to the 3rd round then and got robbed a little bit in the 3rd round. I really thing had we won that game we would've gone all the way. This year we want to make that happen."
Barnes says that he has been preparing with an increased level of intensity because he will see time on offense for the first time since junior high school.
"We've been working out the past few weeks so I haven't had any time off really since Showtime," explained Barnes. "There's going to be people watching this year so there is some extra motivation there for me. We practice from 4-9 and have been working hard. For me I am playing tight end this year too so I am going to be playing a lot. I haven't played offense since junior high. I made the adjustment from quarterback in 8th grade to defense so I am good."
Barnes told NoleDigest that he is firm in his commitment and that he's built a relationship with fellow commitment Darius Cummings.
"I'm feeling good about my commitment and I am solid to FSU," said Barnes. "After I committed Darius Cummings contacted me. I don't know how he got mu number but since then and at Showtime we've been building our relationship. He has welcomed me to the Seminole family and he is a good guy to talk to."
All 3 said they plan on being in town for Florida State's season opener against rival Miami on Labor Day.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Christian, Brooks, and Barnes' senior season.
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