Nile Lawrence-Stample was unknown across the recruiting scene before committing to Florida State in February and dominating a combine in Jacksonville the same month. The firm Seminole commitment was in town Saturday to watch FSU wrap up their spring as they played the annual Garnet and Gold game.
Lawrence-Stample told NoleDigest he wanted to see how the new defense had progressed. According to him he came away impressed with what he saw.
"The visit was good, the game was exciting, and overall I liked it a lot," said the Nova standout defensive lineman. "Coming into the visit I wanted to see how the defense had come along, primarily on the defensive line. I think I can come in there and play when I get there. I saw an opportunity; I can play outside or inside for them, and I feel I can make a difference there and that I fit in well. It was most definitely a good visit overall."
Before the game Nile got a chance to sit and meet with Coach Fisher and Coach Haggins. While him and his mother had met the new head coach for the ‘Noles the visit provided Nile's family the chance to meet Fisher for the first time.
"Before the game we had a meeting with Coach Fisher," said Lawrence-Stample. "He was telling us about what he was trying to do with the program. We also talked about some personal stuff. I've met with Coach before, and so did my mom, but this was the first time my best friend and my sister had to meet him. They came away impressed. I think you can see the hunger they have. While the players didn't want to hit their teammates hard in the game, you can see they are different. Coach Fisher makes it seem that way."
"I also spent a lot of time with Coach Haggins," continued Lawrence-Stample. "He was happy that I'm coming there. We talked about what they want to use me as and how I fit into his plans. Right now they want me at the 3-technique."
The highlight of the visit for Nile was getting a chance to be on the field during warm-ups.
"Being on the field during the warm-ups and pre-game was what really stood out to me," explained Lawrence-Stample. "I had a good time. That gave me a chance to see what gameday during the season would be like."
Nile plans on staying committed to FSU despite the attention from other programs. While he isn't sure when he'll be visiting again he does know it'll be some time in the summer.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for more updates with the visitors that attended the Garnet and Gold game.
Lawrence-Stample Sees Opportunity at FSU
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