FSU Checks out Rivers

Coach Jimbo Fisher at Florida State has a goal to sign a quarterback in each recruiting class. During the evaluation process this spring Coach Craig has been out and about evaluating signal callers all across the south. This past Wednesday Stephen Rivers was the latest to get a visit for FSU.

When Coach Fisher arrived at Florida State the quarterback position was at best a colossal mess for the Seminoles. Since then Fisher has made the position strength for the program, working hard coaching and evaluating the right players for his schemes.

The coaches at FSU have a goal to sign at least one quarterback in every recruiting class. This year there are several targets that are emerging during the May evaluation period. Guys like Nick Marshall have long been on FSU's radar, but now we are seeing the new names emerge as possible targets for 2011.

Stephen Rivers from Athens High in Athens, AL was visited this past week by FSU's new quarterback coach Dameyune Craig. While FSU is still in the evaluation process with Rivers he says FSU is a program he is very interested in.

"I'm definitely interested in FSU," said Rivers. "From what they've told my coaches they are really interested in me, so I am hoping to get an offer from them at some point."

Look for Coach Craig to check out some other prospects before an offer to Stephen is extended. That is something that the 6'6" 200 pound signal caller understands.

"Coach Craig was the coach that stopped by the school," Rivers said, "and he was telling my coaches that they are waiting to see some other quarterbacks before they offer me. So far he is the only coach I have spoken to from FSU."

Rivers says he likes the program based of what he saw when his brother, Phillip Rivers, was at N.C. State. Also he sees an opportunity to play at FSU in a few years.

"I watched my brother play there twice and I loved the atmosphere there," said Rivers of what he likes about the ‘Noles. "It seems like there will be an opportunity to compete for the job in a couple years."

Rivers passed for 2,200 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his junior season. He decided to sit out the 2010 basketball season in order to gain and maintain more weight for his senior football season.

Stephen plans on checking out a slew of schools this summer, including FSU.


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