Summer time is when football starts to pick up steam. New signees report to their school of choice, while current recruits start to make unofficial visits for camps, etc. Florida State has a busy week this week as the 2010 class is set to report, as well as the first Fisher Camp being held.
NoleDigest caught up with 2010 signee Mike Harris, as well as three 2011 recruits expected to make a camp visit this coming week: Calvin Pryor, Stephen Rivers and Ricardo Williams.
Harris is in a holding pattern
2010 signee Mike Harris from El Camino was one of the most important signees from last year's class, mainly due to the impact needed at cornerback this fall from the newcomers. With JUCO experience and great size, Harris is a player the coaches expect to compete for major minutes this fall.
One factor that has played into Mike's recruitment is academics. In January Harris left El Camino to go back home to Miami, choosing to finish 3 classes online in order to get to FSU in the summer and be on the roster in the fall.
Tuesday NoleDigest caught up with Mike to get the latest. He said he is in Tallahassee now, but that he is in a holding pattern waiting for his paperwork to arrive.
"I am up in Tallahassee now," Harris told NoleDigest. "It's going well. I am just trying to get all of my grades and paperwork in order. Mainly it is just my official transcripts. The school where I finished my degree is taking a long time, not El Camino."
While it may leave some wondering what the status of Harris is, he says it's just a matter of time now.
"I'm expecting all of my stuff at the end of this week," said Harris. "It will be all clear. The school has been express mailing my things to the wrong address. Once FSU gets those I will be cleared to fully participate in summer workouts."
Harris is ready to get all of the paperwork hold up behind him. The coaches have told him to be ready.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time," Harris said of playing BCS football. "The coaches are telling me they are ready to get me in and start making plays. I've been running a lot but can't participate in full workouts. I am ready for that."
Pryor has a change of plans
A few weeks ago NoleDigest spoke to Pt. St. Lucie standout Calvin Pryor to get his summer plans. He originally planned to make some camp and unofficial visits to out of state schools. This week Pryor told NoleDigest that the out of state visits have been put on hold, and that a camp visit to FSU was in the works.
"The out of state visits are going to be at a later date," said Pryor. "I am going to camp at FSU this week."
This past weekend Pryor was in Tallahassee attending a summer basketball camp. While in town he swung by to watch the team's conditioning work.
"The visit there was great," explained Pryor. "I watched the team do conditioning. They seemed very excited. The coaches were asking me if I was coming to camp, which I told them I was. The new strength coaches are running them hard and pushing them. It was nice."
Pryor did mention his team won the camp championship.
"We were the champions," said an excited Pryor. "The final score of the game was 29-27. I had 14 points and 11 rebounds. I was balling and had to carry my team."
Look for more from Calvin after camp this weekend.
Williams is close to pulling the pin on his decision
NoleDigest reported a few months ago that Homestead defensive end Ricardo Williams was very close to committing to the Seminoles. He wanted to wait to see the school up close and personal before doing that as he'd never been to FSU before.
This week he is slated to stop by the school as camp gets under way. The visit is important for both sides as FSU is looking to add the talented pass rusher to their 2011 recruiting class.
"I'll be up there on the 16th," said Williams. "I am excited about it for sure."
When asked if he was still leaning towards the Seminoles and possibly committing, Ricardo said if he likes it he will wrap up his recruitment.
"If I like it up there I will commit," explained Williams. "I just need to see the depth chart and how it is there. If I do commit that will wrap up my recruitment unless something goes really wrong."
Look for teammate Keith Baxter to join Ricardo on the visit.
Rivers says FSU stands out
Stephen Rivers will be one of the talented signal callers in town this week for the first summer camp session. Since offering the Seminoles have been creeping up Rivers' list of schools he is interested in.
Rivers says that he'll be participating this week in camp, and that FSU is starting to stand out among the schools he is considering.
"I think I am participating in camp," Rivers said. "I am excited about this visit. FSU has always been up there. They are in my top 3 for sure, but I don't have a leader."
When asked about his top 3 that is when things get a little tricky.
"FSU and Mississippi State are there and then the other spot changes about every day," said Rivers. Even though I say those are my top 2 I am not narrowing it down. I am in no rush to decide."
Spring and summer is when there is usually a mad dash of quarterback commitments as the dominoes start to fall. Stephen says he is trying to avoid that.
"I am not trying to get caught up in the race to commit," Rivers said, "because I am looking for the best fit and situation for me."
News and Notes: June 16th
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