Fall practice has started for schools all over the state of Florida. Errin Joe started practice Monday as Lake Gibson prepares for what they hope is a big season.
"We had our first practice this morning," said Joe. "I am actually on break. I have to go back at 5 for the second practice. We are ready to go full speed ahead. I'm excited to get back to it. Players were asking me how I had so much energy; I told them because it is football season."
Errin was named Second Team All State offensive line for the 4A classification as a junior, and he was named First Team All Polk County. The 6'4" 295 pound interior lineman has a slew of offers but he told NoleDigest that he is ready to trim his list to a final 5. He did admit to a leader but he is keeping that quiet at this time.
"I am working to trim my list to 5 and then maybe smaller," said Joe of his recruitment. "I do have a leader right now but I am not going to say yet. I just want to get my list to a group of schools I can see myself at. I am still trying to sort it out and get to that 5."
Florida State has been recruiting Errin throughout and he is a school many feel has a great shot at landing Joe's commitment when he is ready to decide. He says he remains in contact with Coach Haggins, who is his primary recruiter from FSU.
"I've stayed in contact with Coach Haggins," explained Joe. "I was supposed to visit on the 28th but my mother was in the hospital so I couldn't come. They've stayed in contact with me and told me not to worry about missing the visit. They've told me to take care of my mom, and that they have a lot of interest in me."
Joe said he has a good relationship with offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Joe likes how he is both off and on the field.
"Coach Trickett is a real nice guy and easy to talk to off of the field," Joe said, "but he isn't like that on it. I like that. I am looking for a coach that will bring the best out of me and that is going to push me. Sometimes there are coaches that are laid back, and sometimes there are times when players don't want the coaches in their face. Sometimes you need that to get better. Those kinds of things correlate to what happens in life."
FSU is recruiting Joe as a guard, but Coach Trickett feels he is versatile enough to play anywhere along the offensive line.
"Coach Trickett was telling me they like me at left guard," said Joe. "He told me I remind him of Rodney Hudson which was eye opening. He said I can play left tackle or slide inside and play center if needed. I am versatile and can play anywhere. I want to play wherever the coaches want me to play."
Errin doesn't plan on dragging out his recruitment until Signing Day, but he will take his time to ensure the correct decision is made.
"I am probably going to make an early decision, but not too early," said Joe of when his decision will come. "I may decide during the season or a little bit after. I don't want it to play out as some big surprise. I don't know yet if I will take all 5 officials. It depends on the schedule and when I want to decide."
Now that the season is here Errin has some goals he wants to achieve this fall.
"The team goal is to get to Orlando and win a state championship," said Joe. "Individually I want to be a vocal leader and I want to stand out for my team. I've been talking to everyone on both offense and defense. I want to become a better player. I have had the best off-season I have had. It was tough. The coaches really pushed me hard. I'm going to work hard and I want to do my best."
Joe took visits to Georgia Tech and Missouri this summer. Missouri stood out due to their facilities and a good journalism school. Right now there are no plans for other visits at this time.
Stay tuned as we track Errin's recruitment and senior season.
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