"FSU Made up Ground this Weekend"

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix has turned into one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation and he is arguably the nation's top safety prospect. About a week ago the standout named Alabama his leader and hinted at a near commitment. Saturday he was at FSU for their spring game. Did the coaches do enough to climb to the top of the list for Clinton-Dix, and is he still close to making a decision?

Dr. Phillips standout Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix has seen his stock skyrocket over the past month or so. Now Scout.com's top safety in the nation Clinton-Dix has seen schools from all over the country offer him a scholarship.

Last week Ha'Sean named the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide his leader after an excellent visit. At the time he even indicated that he was close to making a decision, leaving many to think Alabama was the favorite to land his verbal.

Florida State has been one of the programs Clinton-Dix has liked, and this weekend he was in attendance for the annual Garnet and Gold game. The coaches needed to make a huge impact on the 5-star defensive back if they wanted to make in-roads on Alabama's lead. Ha'Sean told NoleDigest that the visit went well and that he took to heart a lot what new head Coach Jimbo Fisher had to say.

"Jimbo made a huge impression on me this weekend talking about how much I can come in and help the team there and how I can network there," explained Clinton-Dix. "Coach Fisher spent a lot of time talking with me about how they need help in the secondary, primarily at safety. He also was telling me how the school is in the capitol city and how I can network with people there and develop my future. They really stepped up this weekend."

Florida State has stayed on top of Clinton-Dix, showing him a lot of attention. He says the coaches at FSU have recently turned up the heat on him over the past few weeks, and it showed while he was in town over the weekend.

"FSU has kept in contact with me the whole time and I usually talk to Coach Fisher just about every night," explained Clinton-Dix. "They have a lot of commitments but they are staying on top of it. Before the game the coaches had meetings, but Coach Fisher was talking to me, missing the start of the meeting. The door was closed and others were knocking on the door, but he finished the conversation before he went to the meeting. That was pretty big."

Karlos Williams has been one of FSU's 2011 commitments that have been staying on Ha'Sean to join him at FSU. The close friends spent time together Saturday, and they talked about what they could do together in FSU's secondary.

"I spent a lot of time with Karlos Saturday for the game," said the Orlando area star. "We were talking about how there is an opportunity to come in and help them in the secondary. Karlos has talked a lot about FSU and its grabbed my attention, but he also lets me do my own thing."

"We watched the defense and the safeties the whole time," continued Clinton-Dix. "I'm a great athlete that has a lot of room for improvement but I think I can come in there and help Karlos, Greg Reid, and the others there. I don't want to put down anyone there but they have a lot of walk-ons and they need help in the secondary. That helps them."

FSU had to make a great impression on Ha'Sean and it looks like they did just that. Was it enough to catch the Crimson Tide?

"Coming into the game I wanted to see Coach Fisher in action as a coach," explained Clinton-Dix. "I think they have them set up well for 2010. I wanted to see that. The offense is good, but the defense does need some help. Coach Stoops talks to me a lot and he was telling me how I can be a corner that matches up with big wide receivers, or I can be a safety that goes and gets the ball for them."

"I would say that FSU made up some ground and I had a great time there," said Clinton-Dix. "I don't want to really say much else about it, though. Alabama, FSU, LSU, Tennessee, USC and Florida are schools I am still open to and I want to take advantage of taking some visits. Those schools are the ones I have done a lot of research on."

Ha'Sean says he is leaning towards making a decision at the UnderArmour All-American game.

"I was contacted by someone at UnderArmour about making my decision on national television," Ha'Sean said, "and that is something that has always been my dream. I have always wanted to pull a hat on TV. I still may make my decision soon and if I can wait till January I will. If it gets too much I will go ahead and make my decision."

Clinton-Dix plans on attending Seminole Showtime over the summer.

Nole Digest Top Stories