Spiller: I Haven't Committed To Anyone Yet

"If it was all about emotions, I would have committed to Florida State a long, long time ago," said C.J. Spiller Sunday night. "But this isn't about emotions. This is like a business decision and it's not about who I grew up liking as a kid. It's about what's best for me and I don't know that yet. I can tell you honestly, I didn't commit to anyone this weekend and I haven't committed yet to anyone."

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Wednesday is National Signing Day and while the majority of the nation's top prospects already know where they are going to sending the fax of their signed scholarship papers, C.J. Spiller remains undecided. Spiller, the blazing quick running back from Lake Butler Union County, expects he will be sending a fax to either Florida, Florida State or Clemson Wednesday but even that's not a 100 percent certainty.

"I'm praying about this and talking it over with my mom and Coach (Buddy) Nobles between now and then," said Spiller in a telephone conversation with Gator Country. "If I'm 100 percent certain and I'm comfortable and I have peace in my heart, I'll be telling everybody where I'm going Wednesday morning.

"If I'm not ready yet, I know there will be a lot of disappointed people and I'm sorry about that, but I'm not going to sign papers and then realize that I made a mistake. If I don't have the peace in my heart, then I won't be signing Wednesday."

Spiller spent the weekend in Tallahassee, taking his fifth and final official visit to Florida State University. It was awards banquet weekend at FSU, a time when many prospects over the years have been swayed by the pomp and pageantry to make their final college choice. Spiller had a good time hanging with friends in Tallahassee and he enjoyed the entire weekend, but the weekend alone didn't give FSU or any other school the edge.

"I just can't let my emotions get in the way of my judgment," he said. "Every visit I took was special. Every place I've been I've felt welcome. Every coach and every team has made me understand that they want me to come there to school.

"All that's important to me, but when I choose it's going to be about where I fit best as a player, which coaches are going to be the best for me to play under and where I feel most comfortable getting a good education."

If the decision were based strictly on getting onto the playing field the fastest, then the choice would probably be Clemson.

"They are desperate for a running back with speed," said Spiller, who has been timed at 4.28 seconds in the 40 yard dash. "They only have two running backs in the spring so if I go there in the fall, they'll be getting me ready to play immediately. I like Coach Tommy Bowden a lot. He's straight with you all the time and he doesn't make promises he can't keep."

If the decision were based on playing football with one of his closest friends, then the choice would probably be Florida.

"Tim Tebow is there and he's one of my best friends," said Spiller. "I know the kind of class that Florida's got coming in. There are a lot of great guys in that class and I can see me graduating with all those guys. It would be hard for me to say no to playing football for four years with Tim Tebow. Coach Urban Meyer is going to make Florida one of the best programs in the country."

If the decision were based on the place he's felt comfortable the longest, then the choice would probably be Florida State.

"It's a great school with great coaches and a lot of players I am good friends with like Lorenzo Booker," he said. "They were the first school that really recruited me hard and so I've known all the coaches there the longest plus it's the school I grew up hoping to play for when I started playing Pop Warner. Coach Bobby Bowden is a great man who has won more games than any other coach."

Miami and Southern California were on his list but they've been eliminated, and that was also a tough choice.

"Coach (Larry) Coker is a great man and the Hurricanes are always going to be a top team, but right now they've had changes in their staff and they can't tell me who would be my position coach yet," he said. "I hated to say no because I'm sure Coach Coker will get a good coach, but it's a decision I had to make."

Saying no to Pete Carroll and Southern California was difficult, but it was the sound economical choice.

"Coach Pete Carroll is a coach I think every player wants to play for," said Spiller. "He's got a great program and it's a great school but I want my mom to be able to see me play and that's just too far for her. There would be too many sacrifices for her to see me play and that's just not fair, so I had to say no to them."

So how will C.J. reach his final decision?

"I'm going to be doing a lot of praying in the next couple of days and I trust that God's going to give me some peace about it so I know when I tell everybody where I'm going that I did the right thing," he said. "I'll be talking to my mom and to Coach Nobles, too.

"I want to give Coach Nobles a lot of credit for helping me through all this. He's a wise man and he's given me good advice while letting me make my own decisions. Every time the pressure has been great --- and it really has been great in the last week or so --- he's just reminded me to keep focused on what I have to do because it's all going to be over in a few more days."

The plan is to announce his decision Wednesday morning at his high school with friends, family, coaches, classmates and plenty of people from the Lake Butler community present.

"I wouldn't tell anyone except maybe my mom or Coach Nobles where I'm going before then because I want to share my decision with all the people who have supported me all along," he said. "I haven't told anyone I'm coming to their school and I'm not going to tell anyone until I announce."

Once the announcement is over and done with, he thinks he will sleep like a baby Wednesday night.

"I haven't been sleeping a lot lately because I've been up thinking and praying about what I'm going to do," he said. "When I choose, it's going to be a big relief and I'll probably sleep better than I have in a long time."

When he wakes up Thursday morning, he's already got that day planned out, too.

"No matter where I decide to go to school, I'm going to go hang around with Tim Tebow on Thursday," he said. "I like hanging with him."

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